29.01.18

House of Lords presentation: Cognitive benefits of bilingualism

In this session we focused on repositioning language learning and language use as a new key health and wellbeing asset, that should be of interest not only to learners and educators, but health professionals, policy makers, economists and politicians looking to lighten the burden of dementia care on society. To put this argument into perspective here are some key figures:

Cost of dementia:

  • Current estimate UK Cost £26.3 billion
  • In 2007 £17 billion
  • EU cost: last report in 2014 167 billion Euros
  • Projections for Europe by 2030: 250 billion Euros
  • Cost per person in the UK around £32.000 a year.

According to Alzheimers society £80 million can be saved by improving hospital care.

How much can be saved by individuals putting off dementia by 3 – 5 years?

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21.02.24

‘I feel a loss in myself’:
Can the loss of mother tongues in Indonesia be prevented?

Image above: With the graduates at University of Udayana On February 21st we mark the UN More

18.12.23

When concepts migrate: Complexities of migrating Healthy Linguistic Diet

Image above left: Thomas giving a keynote at the first International Conference on Language Development and Assessment More

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24.08.23

Insight into struggles of Arabic as the mother tongue in Dubai

Image above: Central Dubai sunset In December 2020 my husband and me found ourselves in Dubai More

23.05.23

‘Now or never!’:
Insights into bilingual parenthood

After my presentation on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism and Healthy Linguistic Diet approach at VIII More