Comparison of cognitive function in the monolingual and bilingual elderly

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Mahshid Foroughan 1 , Mohammad Ali Hossieni 2 , Vahid Rashedi 1 , Mohammad Rezaei 3 , Gohar Lotfi 2 , *

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1 Research Center for the Elderly Psychosocial Disorders, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Dept. of Rehabilitation Administration, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Dept. of Speech Therapy, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran

How to Cite: Foroughan M, Hossieni M A, Rashedi V, Rezaei M, Lotfi G. Comparison of cognitive function in the monolingual and bilingual elderly, J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2015 ; 18(10):e74010. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v18i10.2299.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 18 (10); e74010
Published Online: January 29, 2015
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: November 26, 2014
Accepted: January 06, 2015
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Abstract

Cognitive disorders are prevalent in the elderly. In recent years numerous studies have been conducted on the cognitive performance changes related to aging. Bilingualism affects cognitive processing during lifetime. Due to the large number of bilingual and elderly people in Iran, it is necessary to carry out studies on the cognitive performance of the elderly bilingual people. In this study, AMTs scale was used to compare the cognitive skills of the elderly bilingual and monolingual people. The results indicated elderly bilingual people had better cognitive performance than monolingual ones.

Keywords

Cognition the elderly bilingualism

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