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Being Bilingual Could Double Your Chances of Recovering From a Stroke

Health & Wellness  (tags: brain, study, bilingualism, stroke, dementia )

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The benefits of bilingualism are seemingly endless. A new study now suggests that the practice of speaking two languages could also help protect the brain in the event of a stroke. (Many Care2 members' first language isn't English!!)


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Past Member (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 12:23 am
Interesting...guess i'll count myself lucky then as i speak 3 languages--my chances are looking good. thx Evelyn

Animae C (509)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:43 am
"40% of the bilingual subjects recovered their normal cognitive function following a stroke, versus 20% of the monolingual patients."
"... bilingual people who develop dementia tend to do so up to five years later than those who are monolingual."

Yes i have heard this, i'm fluent in Greek.

And speaking of strokes, probably one of the most interesting non-fiction books i've ever read is Jill Bolte Taylor's 'My Stroke of Insight', Jill is a Neuroanatomist who studied her own stroke as it happened!

Here's her Ted talk;

Absolutely amazing talk on left/right brain activity, her stroke & the experience of Nirvana/Nibbana....
i know what she's talking about, i have experienced it through meditation.

Animae C (509)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:44 am
Got a bit carried away there & forgot to say Thank You Evelyn!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 6:49 am
Sounds good to me, but I rather opt for not having a stroke.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 11:09 am
AniMae - I agree, Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk is a valuable one - I've saved & shared it widely

Erika Acosta (0)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:57 am

Monika A (94)
Friday December 11, 2015, 3:54 am
I have told my cats about it , unfortunately they don't want study other languages, they meowing fluently , nothing else. ;-)
Ok seriously , I think all forms of intellectual "gymnastic" may help to protect the brain in the event of a stroke.

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Friday December 11, 2015, 4:20 am
Yay! I am set!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 11, 2015, 6:15 am
There's always alternative instead of applying drugs

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:10 pm

Thanks, Evelyn - sounds good. I speak five languages and a 6th one not fluently. Does this give me 5.5 times protection - LOL! But as Lona says: better not to have a stroke.

What Monika says holds truth: all king of mental exercise does help, protect and strengthens our brain. We say in German - he who rests ... rusts!

Stay all safe and healthy!

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 11, 2015, 2:43 pm
Interesting! Thanks for sharing Evelyn.

Suzanne L (89)
Friday December 11, 2015, 10:50 pm
TY. I'm one up. Playing an instrument also provides some advantages I've heard.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:19 am

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 8:15 am

Ben Oscarsito (128)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 9:23 am
My native language is swedish, so I am grateful for being born in Sweden! I mean, I can understand the lingo here... know-what-I-mean...? And, yes I speak a little english as well. Y yo hablar muy poco espaƱol, pero comprende NADA! : ~ (

Ben Oscarsito (128)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 9:25 am
And, I hope that I'll never have a stroke of course!

Kamia T (89)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:25 pm
Even if it didn't have that as a benefit, it's just downright fun. Not only do you learn a new language, but doing so lets you look at that country's culture in a new way, because what and how things are important is memorialized in how they speak!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 1:47 am
If you're bilingual or multilingual, do you associate, imagine or dream in these other languages?

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 11:11 am
In my experience - sometimes, Darren

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 12:02 pm
I believe also, Evelyn, that when one learns a new language, or a musical instrument, the brain's synaptic connections increase vastly. . .

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 12:19 am

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Friday January 22, 2016, 7:48 am
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