PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We are constantly conducting studies and trying to figure out why certain people have memory issues as they age. Of course there is the minor decline that we all see which comes with aging and more serious issues related to dementia. Now, according to a new report, there may be an unexpected source of protection against memory loss — speaking multiple languages.

A study of 230 people presented at the meeting of The American Academy of Neurology found that those who had spoken two to seven languages were approximately three times less likely to develop memory problems.

According to the neurologists, multilingualism as it is called is a form of brain exercise that can help prevent early onset of dementia.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor