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Learning a Second Language for Seniors

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

Learning a second language might be a daunting task for your aging loved ones, because you typically don’t associate learning a new language with the older generation. In fact, seniors have a better chance at learning a new language than children because they have a better understanding of grammatical rules and syntax. Having your loved ones take the time to learn a second language can have many benefits to their overall well-being, whether it is for pure enjoyment or because they are planning a trip out of the country.  

Benefits of Learning a Second Language

  1. Improves Memory
    Just like doing puzzles like crosswords or Sudoku, learning a second language provides brain exercises for your aging loved ones. These types of exercises can help improve their memory. A second language is like a mental work out for them and can help stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.  
  2. Build Confidence
    Learning a new language can give seniors a new sense of confidence, because it has immediate rewards that are easy to track. Building up seniors’ confidence can help with their overall mental well-being and happiness.  
  3. Increase Social Well-being
    If your loved ones choose to attend a class at a local school or community center to learn a second language they can meet new people and increase their social well-being.

There may be a misconception about the difficulty of learning a new language as a senior. Research has shown that it is never too old to learn a second, (or third) language and that seniors may benefit more from becoming bilingual than children.

How Comfort Keepers® of Anchorage Can Help

If your loved ones decide to try and learn a second language our caregivers—called Comfort Keepers®, can help. From practicing the new language with them to taking them to their classes, our Comfort Keepers are there to provide your aging loved ones with the assistance they need with their new hobby—and with many other in-home tasks. From light housekeeping to reminding them to take their medication, our caregivers provide your loved ones with the assistance they need to live a healthy, safe, and independent life.

For more information regarding how our Comfort Keepers can help your loved ones learn a second language, or to learn more about our in-home care services click here or call us at (907) 885-0186.

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