How does air pollution affect the elderly?
In addition to the damage that can be done to you throughout your life by air pollution, there is now research suggesting that air pollution could worsen brain functions, such as memory, and increase the risk of getting dementia.
Many elderly people also find that they spend more time at home than when they were younger, and this may increase the amount of indoor air pollution they are exposed to.
Air pollution potentially increases the risk of getting dementia
- Air Pollution and Dementia: A Systematic Review, 2019
- Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study, Feb 2018
- Are noise and air pollution related to the incidence of dementia? A cohort study in London, England, Sep 2018
- A critical review of the epidemiological evidence of effects of air pollution on dementia, cognitive function and cognitive decline in adult population