Second Language Protects Against Alzheimer’s


 

Graphic of children learning Spanish.If you want to stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s, then take your gingko biloba and aprender una segunda lengua (learn a second language). Recent evidence suggests that bilingual individuals are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s on average four years later than their single language-speaking counterparts, and bilingual patients also report their symptoms developed five years later than their single-language counterparts. While bilingualism does not prevent Alzheimer’s, it provides protection against the effects of the disease. These benefits extend to those who learn a second language from birth or those who acquire a second language later in life.

Jorge El Curioso Vuela Una Cometa (Curious George Flies A Kite)

If you want to raise a bilingual child, then Raising a Bilingual Child: A Step-by-Step Guide is a good place to start. Your library has many picture books and first readers with side-by-side English and Spanish text, including the timeless tale of a monkey who needs to be rescued when he tries to fly a kite, Curious George Flies a Kite.

A subtle way to introduce a second language to young children is through music, and you can search the library’s offerings by language, where you will find perennial favorites such as Arrorró, Mi Niño Latino Lullabies And Gentle Games.

Canciones: Mariela Herrera Music Program

Parents of toddlers and preschoolers are invited to an energetic and interactive dual language performance with rhythms, stories, bilingual songs, instruments, scarves, parachutes presented by Mariela Herrera March 27 at Brisbane Public Library at 11:30 a.m.

 

Author Bio:

Paula Hess is a Brisbane Public Library intern who speaks a single language and habitually forgets to take her gingko biloba.


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