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Multilingualism may prevent memory problems

February 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The benefits of being multilingual can last a lifetime no matter when you start.

New research suggests speaking more than two languages may lower the risk of developing memory problems.

Scientists followed 230 people for 70 years who spoke two to seven languages.

Luxembourg scientists found that people who spoke three or four languages during their life or picked up new languages as a senior were three times less likely to develop a memory problem than people who spoke two languages.