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February 1, 2017
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Bilingual people may have an edge against Alzheimer’s disease
People with Alzheimer's who speak (or spoke) two or more languages scored better on memory tests than those who only mastered one language, new research suggests. The scientists added that people who were bilingual appeared to have better functional connectivity in frontal brain regions, which allowed them to maintain better thinking despite having Alzheimer's. Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association senior director of medical and scientific operations, said the results make sense given what is known about the aging brain but that further research of this type is necessary before any conclusions can be drawn.

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African-Americans are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s
Many Americans dismiss the warning signs of Alzheimer's, believing that these symptoms are a normal part of aging. This is of even greater concern for African-Americans, who have an increased risk of developing the disease. Visit our African-Americans and Alzheimer’s website for information on warning signs, research and care.
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