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New Year's Resolution - Learn Spanish!

As 2017 winds down, I can't help but think of all of the new year's resolutions that most of us make. Learning something new is usually on most lists! Learning a language helps to stretch our brains and no matter what your age, there is always the potential to learn. There have been many studies done on learning languages and the relationship to alzheimer's disease.

Recent studies have shown that speaking more than one language could prevent alzheimer's.

A study done by Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, is the latest evidence. To test the idea, he had older people who grew up bilingual do an attention-switching task, a skill that typically fades with age. Earlier research has found that people bilingual since childhood are better at the high-order thinking called executive function as they age.

Gold found that his bilingual seniors were better at the task, which had them quickly sorting colors and shapes, than their monolingual peers. He then added an extra dimension by sticking the people's heads in scanners to see what was happening inside their brains. The brains of the monolingual seniors were working harder to complete the task, while the bilingual seniors' brains were much more efficient, more like those of young adults.

Neuroscientists think that having more reserve brain power helps compensate for age-related declines in thinking and memory, and may help protect against the losses caused by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (Excerpt from Speaking More than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's by Nancy Shute.)

We would love to meet you in one of our upcoming Spanish classes! We will be hosting wine tastings and dinners in the new year, so visit our website for more information. Keep us in mind as you prepare your new year's resolution list!

Un saludo,

Natalia Xiomara

Directora

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