Growing Old with Two Languages

Effects of Bilingualism on Cognitive Aging

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| York University, Toronto
| York University, Toronto
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This collection brings together two areas of research that are currently receiving great attention in both scientific and public spheres: cognitive aging and bilingualism. With ongoing media focus on the aging population and the need for activities to forestall cognitive decline, experiences that appear effective in maintaining functioning are of great interest. One such experience is lifelong bilingualism. Moreover, research into the cognitive effects of bilingualism has increased dramatically in the past decade, making it an exciting area of study. This volume combines these issues and presents the most recent research and thinking into the effects of bilingualism on cognitive decline in aging. The contributors are all leading scholars in their field. The result is a state-of-the art collection on the effect of bilingualism on cognition in older populations for both healthy aging and aging with dementia. The papers will be of interest to researchers, students, and health professionals.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 53]  2017.  vi, 304 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The importance of bilingualism for the aging brain: Current evidence and future research directions
Margot D. Sullivan and Ellen Bialystok
1–8
Chapter 2. Cognitive problems in older adults: Can bilingualism help?
Fergus I.M. Craik
9–20
Chapter 3. How aging and bilingualism influence language processing: Theoretical and neural models
Eleonora Rossi and Michele Diaz
21–53
Chapter 4. Length of residence: Does it make a difference in older bilinguals?
Eve Higby and Loraine K. Obler
55–75
Chapter 5. Individual differences in cognitive control advantages of elderly late Dutch-English bilinguals
Merel C.J. Keijzer and Monika S. Schmid
77–98
Chapter 6. Does bilingual language control decline in older age?
Iva Ivanova, Mayra Murillo, Rosa I. Montoya and Tamar H. Gollan
99–130
Chapter 7. Auditory word recognition across the lifespan: Links between linguistic and nonlinguistic inhibitory control in bilinguals and monolinguals
Henrike K. Blumenfeld, Scott R. Schroeder, Susan C. Bobb, Max R. Freeman and Viorica Marian
131–159
Chapter 8. Executive control processes in verbal and nonverbal working memory: The role of aging and bilingualism
Margot D. Sullivan, Yolanda Prescott, Devora Goldberg and Ellen Bialystok
161–183
Chapter 9. Bilingualism, cognitive reserve and Alzheimer’s disease: A review of findings
Brian T. Gold
185–203
Chapter 10. The effect of language skills on dementia in a Swedish longitudinal cohort
Jessica K. Ljungberg, Patrik Hansson, Rolf Adolfsson and Lars-Goran Nilsson
205–218
Chapter 11. Bilingualism, cognitive reserve, aging, and dementia: What is the new ground to cover?
Alexandre Chauvin, Hilary D. Duncan and Natalie A. Phillips
219–242
Chapter 12. The impact of bilingualism on cognitive ageing and dementia: Finding a path through a forest of confounding variables
Thomas H. Bak
243–264
Chapter 13. History-inspired reflections on the Bilingual Advantages Hypothesis
Debra Titone, Jason Gullifer, Sivaniya Subramaniapillai, Natasha Rajah and Shari Baum
265–295
Index
297
“In the last decade a set of stunning discoveries about the consequences of bilingualism for older adults has reframed our understanding of the role of language experience for cognition and the brain. This collection of papers provides an overview of the most exciting findings in this emerging area of research. This work demonstrates that learning and using two languages provides a model of plasticity across the lifespan that is virtually invisible in speakers of one language alone. This volume will be of great interest to scientists who investigate language and cognition and the neural systems that support them but also to bilinguals themselves whose life experience reveals the impact of language for the aging mind and brain.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFDM – Bilingualism & multilingualism
BISAC Subject: LAN009040 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017012291