[lg policy] Early Language Abilities May Protect Memory Decades Later

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 10 19:19:26 UTC 2009

 Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

ABC News

Early Language Abilities May Protect Memory Decades Later

Women with sophisticated language as young adults were less likely to
suffer the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in old age -- even when the
characteristic brain lesions associated with Alzheimer's were present
at death, researchers found.

The importance of these skills -- measured by the "idea density" in an
essay they wrote early in adulthood -- held for women with intact
cognition, regardless of whether a brain autopsy showed the hallmark
plaques and tangles of Alzheimer's, Dr. Juan Troncoso of Johns Hopkins
University and colleagues reported online in the journal Neurology.

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