More evidence this week that stretching our brains is important for ageing as best we can.  A neuroscientist at Edinburgh University has found that learning a language, just trying to learn a language, can delay some kinds of dementia by six years.  That might not sound a great deal of time, however this is better than some drugs can perform.

In any case learning a new language can be a fun activity with the latest websites and apps that we can use, often for free.   My personal favourite is Duolingo which, like most modern teaching, introduces you to a new language naturally, as children learn, building up your language reserves without you having to memorise verbs by rote etc.   Duolingo is brightly coloured and user-friendly – giving out rewards and encouragement, even if it is from a little robotic owl.   The reinforcement can be very amusing too, as in when the owl congratulates you for being “5% fluent!”.   There are other tools around so you can take your pick, but adding a fun language site to your brain exercise is another useful way to keep our brains exercised and well-functioning.  Try it!



Debbie King

Between 2014 and 2016 I took time out to travel alone around Europe, blogging about my experiences, discoveries and personal development on One of the many beautiful lessons I learned was the possibility of self-discovery and personal growth at any age. I am now passionate about achieving and encouraging successful ageing and making this a Silver Not Grey journey. I hope that Age With Me can inform, inspire, and accompany you on your silver journey. If you want to send me a comment you can do so privately or publicly. If publicly your email address need not be displayed. Please specify if you wish your comment to be private and seen only by me, thank you.

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