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.
--- In Multilingual_Literacy@yahoogroups.com
, "Donald Z. Osborn"
> We've heard about cognitive benefits to children of speaking 2
languages - this
> item proposes benefits later in life... DZO
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> 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-
> 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
> 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
> 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
> get older.
> SOURCES: Bialystock, E. Psychology and Aging, June 2004; vol 19: pp
290-303. News release, American Psychological Association