TRANSLATE FROM SPANISH TO ENGLISH is on a campaign against ALZHEIMER’S, people! So yes, here we are and today we have a nice piece of revelation for you guys; today we learn that all of these language learning and all this Spanish this, Spanish that – are actually helping us AGAINST ALZHEIMERS!
According to this study:
Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto recently tested about 450 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Half of these patients were bilingual, and half spoke only one language.
While all the patients had similar levels of cognitive impairment, the researchers found that those who were bilingual had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about four years later, on average, than those who spoke just one language. And the bilingual people reported their symptoms had begun about five years later than those who spoke only one language.
“What we’ve been able to show is that in these patients… all of whom have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and are all at the same level of impairment, the bilinguals on average are four to five years older — which means that they’ve been able to cope with the disease,” Bialystok said.
She presented her findings today (Feb. 18) here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Some results of this research were published in the Nov. 9, 2010 issue of the journal Neurology.
CT brain scans of the Alzheimer’s patients showed that, among patients who are functioning at the same level, those who are bilingual have more advanced brain deterioration than those who spoke just one language. But this difference wasn’t apparent from the patients’ behaviors, or their abilities to function. The bilingual people acted like monolingual patients whose disease was less advanced.
“Once the disease begins to compromise this region of the brain, bilinguals can continue to function,” Bialystok said. “Bilingualism is protecting older adults, even after Alzheimer’s disease is beginning to affect cognitive function.”
The researchers think this protection stems from brain differences between those speak one language and those who speak more than one. In particular, studies show bilingual people exercise a brain network called the executive control system more. The executive control system involves parts of the prefrontal cortex and other brain areas, and is the basis of our ability to think in complex ways, Bialystok said.
“It’s the most important part of your mind,” she said. “It controls attention and everything we think of as uniquely human thought.”
Bilingual people, the theory goes, constantly have to exercise this brain system to prevent their two languages from interfering with one another. Their brains must sort through multiple options for each word, switch back and forth between the two languages, and keep everything straight.
Apparently- learning another language is a bit of a workout for the brain – especially when you reach the state wherein your brain has set its “own room” for the specific language when it has to create several connections between and pathways.
So all of these challenges are stimulating our brain possibly helping us with Alzheimer’s – if ever we are going to develop it later in life. The brain will be like a muscle that has been conditioned very well- the more conditioned it is the lesser chances of degradation.
And language learning is just something that is very very challenging for the brain as far as acquisition goes – that is why here in Translate for Spanish to English, we make language learning fun and “BRAIN FRIENDLY” and make it more like “ACQUISITION” and not just “studying” like how it should be.
note: Of course a healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity is also a must to decrease your chances of developing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s later in life. With food please DON’T ever eat in a FASTFOOD! Except if you really want to develop all sorts of chronic illnesses later in life.
So people! Invite your monolingual friends and learn another language here at TFSTE, in our campaign for language learning- in our campaign against Alzheimer’s!
Let me ask you guys: Do you have any relatives who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? If so how is it like? How about you? Do you have any familial history with alzheimer’s? If so what are the steps you are taking for yourself in the future?