We currently work with Alzheimer Scotland and the University of Edinburgh to measure the cognitive effects of Language learning on older adults; a world first for research of this kind! Our results of this study will be released in the near future so keep an eye out!
"I would highly commend this enterprise” Jim Baird, Alzheimer Scotland.
“I’m delighted to be a part of this excellent initiative which combines my research interests in bilingualism, cognitive ageing, and neurology. It’s a win-win for everyone involved – the students, the teachers, and ultimately Scotland as a whole.” Dr Thomas Bak, is a cognitive neuroscientist.
Why we do this
Studies published by the University of Edinburgh show that bilingual adults on average can postpone the effects of dementia up to 5 years later than mono-linguists. In addition to this, language learning increases our decision making skills, multitasking skills and heightens our ability to concentrate and communicate. Lingo Flamingo have implemented the world’s first foreign language outreach enterprise empowering adults through the knowledge of foreign languages. We provide classes to care homes, day centres and retirement communities across Scotland.
Why is language learning so good for the brain?
Simply speaking, this is because language learning acts as an incredibly effective workout for the mind.
Studies link physical and mental activity to better cognitive performance for older adults regardless if they are living with or without dementia. These studies demonstrate a measurable cognitive improvement following mental training with larger effects in those who learn a “novel, cognitively demanding activity” than in those doing less taxing, familiar activities. It is for these reasons that our classes are challenging but accessible using language learning as a type of social cognitive therapy or a “workout for the mind” as we like to call it.
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