Title Language Learning and Dementia Media name/outlet HearSay Media type Radio Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 3/08/17 Description In the United States, researchers are on a mission to prevent or delay cognitive impairment in Americans. One approach to warding off dementia? Learning a second language. Evidence shows that bilingualism protects the brain: in bilinguists, certain types of dementia show up five years later than in monolinguists. Today, we're exploring efforts in science and academics to reduce dementia diagnoses.
Dr. Laura Baker - is a cognitive neuroscientist and lead expert on the new $20 million United States study about the impact of certain lifestyle changes on the onset of dementia.
Dr. Thomas Bak - works for the University of Edinburgh in the school of philosophy, psychology and language sciences. He is the co-author of a study that examined bilingual advantage in those who are illiterate.
Dr. Evy Woumans - works for Ghent University in the Department of Experimental Psychology. She co-authored a study that examined how bilingualism delays the clinical manifestation of Alzheimer's disease.
Producer/Author WHRV-FM Persons Thomas Bak