Dementia and language bilingualism helps ward off alzheimer's disease

Yiyang Yu, Sihan Lu, Yan Wu, Qiong Wu, Jinglong Wu

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Abstract

There has been extensive discussion with regard to whether bilingualism helps ward off dementia. However, there is still debate over bilingualism's effects. Researchers have determined that bilinguals have a greater advantage in delaying dementia than monolinguals. Researchers have used cognitive reserve to explain their views. However, recently, some researchers have arrived at a different conclusion, stating that bilinguals have no advantage compared with monolinguals in delaying dementia. In this review, we summarize a review of studies on bilingualism and dementia, supporting the viewpoint that bilinguals have an advantage in delaying dementia compared with monolinguals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving the Quality of Life for Dementia Patients through Progressive Detection, Treatment, and Care
PublisherIGI Global
Pages107-122
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781522509264
ISBN (Print)1522509259, 9781522509257
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 11 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Yu, Y., Lu, S., Wu, Y., Wu, Q., & Wu, J. (2016). Dementia and language bilingualism helps ward off alzheimer's disease. In Improving the Quality of Life for Dementia Patients through Progressive Detection, Treatment, and Care (pp. 107-122). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-0925-7.ch005