publication . Article . Conference object . Other literature type . 2014

Bilingualism delays clinical manifestation of Alzheimer's disease

Evy Woumans; Patrick Santens; Anne Sieben; Jan Versijpt; Michaël Stevens; Wouter Duyck;
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  • Published: 29 Dec 2014
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
<jats:p>The current study investigated the effects of bilingualism on the clinical manifestation of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in a European sample of patients. We assessed all incoming AD patients in two university hospitals within a specified timeframe. Sixty-nine monolinguals and 65 bilinguals diagnosed with probable AD were compared for time of clinical AD manifestation and diagnosis. The influence of other potentially interacting variables was also examined. Results indicated a significant delay for bilinguals of 4.6 years in manifestation and 4.8 years in diagnosis. Our study therefore strengthens the claim that bilingualism contributes to cognitive reserve ...
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free text keywords: COGNITIVE DECLINE, WHITE-MATTER INTEGRITY, SENTENCE CONTEXT, DEMENTIA RISK, ONSET, RESERVE, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, bilingualism, cognitive reserve, cognitive aging, Linguistics and Language, Education, Language and Linguistics, Psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, University hospital, Clinical manifestation, medicine.disease, medicine, Disease, Neuroscience of multilingualism
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