Professor Ellen Bialystok’s study has analyzed the impact of bilingualism for several years.
The teacher and her collaborators, prevented that intellectually active people or with extensive education are mostly protected with cognitive aging, but with their study they have shown that the habitual use of two languages is also a protective factor.
In 2010 his team of researchers found that in bilingual people began to appear Alzheimer’s symptoms up to 5 years later compared to monolingual people.
According to studies, bilingualism does NOT prevent Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition related to memory, the main difference is that, given the same neurological damage, bilingual people denote adapting better, since knowing and practicing 2 languages constantly develop specific cognitive ability that is responsible for concentration, to change from one mental task to another, to do several at once or to keep things in mind. It is postulated that this capacity is declining with age and it has been found that, in healthy people, who have used two languages for most of life, this decline is less than in those who use only one.
So what does bilingualism contribute?
It can be resumed in the improvement of cognitive skills, increased mental flexibility, increased capacity to adapt to changes and more effective process of information.
In CasaMar you can practice every day with our staff the language you want to learn, we offer assistance in Spanish and English to our residents, as well as a multicultural environment, always with the warmth and attention needed in both languages! Visit us and learn more about this beautiful project.