A few years ago, Marthe (UG psychology student) found out that her dad had Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Not only was she and her family struck by the devastating symptoms of the disease, also were they confronted with the consequences of stigma. She writes about her experiences and importantly gives some suggestions how to prevent stigma around this disease.
There appear to be clear differences between bilinguals and monolinguals. Within the last 30 years, an evolution took place from a very negative view towards being raised bilingual to a view that underlines the benefits of bilingualism. Findings nowadays are relating bilingualism to better attention, multitasking and a delay in the onset Alzheimer’s disease.