The bilingual mind
It is easy to understand why in today’s multilingual world bilingualism is an excellent competitive advantage. However, scientific studies have also shown there are mental health benefits to being bilingual.
Group studies have shown that while being bilingual does not stop dementia, it can delay its onset by around five years. This observation may lead us to conclude the bilingual mind can compensate for the connections disrupted by dementia by using others that are still functioning.
A study from India shows that bilingual stroke victims are twice as likely to recover their cognitive abilities.
We cannot all be bilingual, but we can choose translation and interpretation agencies that help us communicate clearly. At Traductanet we aim to ensure language is not a barrier to understanding.