Lingo Flamingo provide outreach tailored foreign language classes to older adults. We discuss how different conditions such as dementia affect the brain and adapt lessons for adults with physical conditions.
Working collaboratively with Your Voice, TAG and Inverclyde HSCP, Lingo Flamingo are set to deliver a 10 week pilot programme for people with learning disabilities at Gibshill Community Centre. This provides an exciting opportunity for people to learn about a different culture and the basics of a foreign language (Italian in the first instance) with the use of fun and stimulating new methods and techniques.
ABOUT LINGO FLAMINGO:
Lingo Flamingo goes out to care homes and day centres to deliver very tailored language classes. It’s about keeping people’s brains active. They take into consideration the medical, physical and mental health of older adults. Classes are very visual, they’re slow-paced and they include exercises in memory technique and confidence in learning.
People in care homes often haven’t been in a learning environment for decades, so it’s interesting to try and get people back into learning.
Lingo Flamingo currently work with Alzheimer Scotland and the University of Edinburgh to measure the cognitive effects of Language learning on older adults.
Studies published by the University of Edinburgh show that bilingual adults on average can postpone the effects of dementia up to 5 years later than mono-linguists. In addition to this, language learning increases our decision making skills, multitasking skills and heightens our ability to concentrate and communicate. Lingo Flamingo have implemented the world’s first foreign language outreach enterprise empowering adults through the knowledge of foreign languages.
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