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Patrick Guilfoile: To avoid dementia, learn a second language

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I’ve known several relatives who suffered from dementia.

Their downward spiral started with memory loss, and progressed to a nearly complete loss of awareness of the past and a lack of understanding of the future.

Most difficult of all was when they no longer recognized their spouse or other family members.

That loss of memory strikes at the heart of what it means to be human and creates a heavy burden in caring for someone who can no longer take care of themselves.

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