Learn a language to stay young

Being fluent in two languages, particularly from childhood, enhances cognitive skills and might also protect against the onset of dementia and other age-related cognitive decline.

One reason for this could be that speaking a second language builds more connections between neurons.

Studies show bilingual adults have denser grey matter, especially in the part of the brain where language and communication skills are controlled.

The increased density was most pronounced in people who learned a second language before the age of five.


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