Who has not dreamt of being bilingual? Although there is an obvious practical side to knowing more than one language, there is also evidence that it enhances other skills that would not seem to be immediately related, such as problem-solving, the ability to stay focused and a better adaptability and flexibility to change. Science has now found that it can help our mental health too.
Bilingualism: Consequences for mind and brain, published online on 30th March in the journal “Trends in Cognitive Sciences“, is the result of a study on the effects of bilingualism on cognition in aging adults. Amongst other things, it has found evidence that bilingualism can help delay symptoms of Alzheimer and dementia.