Many people already know that air pollution is a particular problem for vulnerable groups like senior citizens. However, new research indicates that fine particulate matter may actually be detrimental to seniors' cognitive abilities.
According to researchers, older adults may be more vulnerable to the negative health effects of air pollution exposure than middle age people due to age-related declines in body functions. The study found that someone over the age of 50 who lives in an area with high levels of air pollution has a decreased ability to retain and apply information, according to Fun Education.
"Air pollution has been linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and even premature death, in older populations, and there is emerging evidence that exposure to particulate air pollution may have adverse effects on brain health and functioning as well," Jennifer Ailshire, a researcher at National Institute on Aging, told the source.
Seniors and homeowners of any age group concerned about the negative effects of air pollution on a person's cognitive ability can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier to limit the presence of fine particulate matter in a house.