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Re: Bilingualism May Keep the Mind Young

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  • Don Osborn
    FYI, another source for this item.. DZO Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 20:00:41 -0400 (EDT) From: Ananda Lima Subject: Bilingualism
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 25, 2004
      FYI, another source for this item.. DZO

      Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 20:00:41 -0400 (EDT)
      From: Ananda Lima <s361046@...>
      Subject: Bilingualism Beneficial to the Brains of Elderly

      New Scientist Magazine (in Australia, vol 182 issue 2452 - 19 June
      2004, page 17) has a short news article on a study which revealed
      benefits of bilingualism for the brains of elderly people.

      This can be found at (I believe subscription to the magazine is


      The article reports on a study published by Ellen Biaslystok and
      colleagues in "Pshychology and Aging", volume 19, p 290.

      Ananda Lima

      --- In Multilingual_Literacy@yahoogroups.com, "Donald Z. Osborn"
      <dzo@b...> wrote:
      > We've heard about cognitive benefits to children of speaking 2
      languages - this
      > item proposes benefits later in life... DZO
      > ----- Forwarded message from Stephen <maestros@t...> -----
      > Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 18:23:23 -0500
      > From: Stephen <maestros@t...>
      > Reply-To: "multied-l@u..." <multied-l@u...>
      > Subject: Another benefit of being bilingual
      > To: "multied-l@u..." <multied-
      l@u...>, "enable@yahoogroups.com"
      > <enable@yahoogroups.com>
      > Bilingualism May Keep the Mind Young
      > Knowing Two Languages May Slow Effects of Aging on the Mind
      > By Jennifer Warner
      > WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
      > on Monday, June 14, 2004
      > June 14, 2004 -- Two languages may be better than one when it comes
      to keeping
      > the mind young. A new study shows that being fluent in two
      languages may help
      > prevent some of the effects of aging on brain function.
      > Researchers found that people who were bilingual most of their
      lives were better
      > able to stay focused on a task amidst a rapidly changing
      environment compared
      > with people who only spoke one language.
      > The ability to keep one's attention on a task is known as fluid
      > and it is one of the first aspects of brain function to deteriorate
      as people
      > get older.


      > SOURCES: Bialystock, E. Psychology and Aging, June 2004; vol 19: pp
      290-303. News release, American Psychological Association
      > http://my.webmd.com/content/article/88/100087.htm?
      > Stephen
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