Strengthening the Brain by Failing at Language
At age 57, New York times contributor William Alexander set out to learn French. He used books, software, and even traveled to France for a two week French immersion program. By his own account, he failed miserably, at least at his stated goal of becoming proficient in French. What he did not expect however, was how much the process of trying and failing strengthed his brain in other areas and benefited his overall cognition.
Read Alexander's full account in the New York Times