A new study suggests exercising the mind to learn a second language may help slow down normal cognitive decline associated with aging.
Researchers in Scotland analyzed data on more than 800 people who were given intelligence tests early in life, and then again when they were in their 70's.
The study found those who learned a second language, even in adulthood, had significantly better brain function later in life compared to what would be expected from their baseline test as children.
The study was done at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and published in the Annals of 'Neurology'.
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