There are many methods that claim to keep the brain younger for a longer period of time. New evidence suggests that being bilingual or multilingual may be the magic medicine in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

A study published in the Neurology scientific journal recorded 648 people with three different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. These participants attended a memory clinic between June 2006 and October 2012. The scientists focused on the differences between the patients who spoke only one language and those who spoke different languages. Their results were surprising.

Speaking more than one language “stimulates your brain all the time,” researcher says.

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“This is another thing we can add to the list of mental abilities that seem to preserve brain function despite the fact that the brain may be ravaged by a disease like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” Rao added.