Australian scientists have found that people who speak languages other than English can stave off the symptoms of dementia for longer than others.
Speaking more than one language can slow down dementia
Growing up speaking more than one language can help delay the effects of dementia.
It’s good news for those living in Australia’s many culturally diverse households, according to a study led by University of Sydney clinical researcher Amira Skeggs and published in the prestigious Journal of Neurology.
Around 29 per cent of the Australian population is born overseas and researchers found being multi-lingual can act as a neurological shield in dealing with dementia.
The study focused on one of three types of the disease known as behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD).