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My grandmother has alzheimer's disease, so will she forget english and relearn the german of her childhood?
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
4 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
It depends on how old she was when she switched to the new language as well as how verbally oriented she was.

In brief: Possibly
It depends on how old she was when she switched to the new language as well as how verbally oriented she was.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes & No
While no one can predict the future per se (aside from death & taxes), those w/dementia tend to forget recent events while remembering distance memories.
So while it is possible someone might lose their "english as a second language" skills, they won't so much "relearn" their mother tongue as revert back to using it. Hope that semantic/philosophical answer makes sense & helps.

In brief: Yes & No
While no one can predict the future per se (aside from death & taxes), those w/dementia tend to forget recent events while remembering distance memories.
So while it is possible someone might lose their "english as a second language" skills, they won't so much "relearn" their mother tongue as revert back to using it. Hope that semantic/philosophical answer makes sense & helps.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin
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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: It may happen
People with alzheimer's disease often lose their second language and revert to their first one.
It does not require relearning, they just remember it well.

In brief: It may happen
People with alzheimer's disease often lose their second language and revert to their first one.
It does not require relearning, they just remember it well.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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