Air Pollution is a problem for everyone, and the elderly are even more susceptible to health problems because of it. Aging can slow down the functioning of every body part, and the lungs of seniors have a more difficult time filtering the air and disposing of pollutants. The elderly are also faced with weakened immune systems and are not able to fight unhealthy atmospheric air, or fight germs and bacteria that can come with it. Stacking on allergies, asthma and heart conditions on top of this, only puts their health at more of a risk. A study from Brown University found a connections between PM 2.5 levels below current US National Ambient Air Quality Standards and in increase of the risk of stroke. Another study found that chronic exposure to air pollution may accelerate cognitive decline in older women. So what can be done to protect the quality of air that Grandma and Grandpa are breathing? Here are some helpful tips:
- When visiting the doctor for a health check, be sure to address any health issues that may be exacerbated by air pollution such as emphysema or COPD. If Grandma suffers from a respiratory illness, she may want to forgo her morning walk if there is an air quality alert or warning in effect.
- Dust is a common air pollutant that can cause hazardous health problems for those suffering from asthma. It can come from different sources such as skin, hair, clothes and pet dander. Consistent dusting will keep pesky particles from building up and prevent exposure.
- Mold is another common air pollutant that can be dangerous with overexposure, and can cause pneumonia, chronic coughing, skin rashes, and asthma, especially in the elderly. Treat moldy areas thoroughly with bleach to prevent the spores from going airborne.
- One of the best things to help clean the air is to invest in a high quality air purifier. The Beyond Guardian Air by Aerus features ActivePure®, Certified Space Technology creating a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable living environment. ActivePure ® Technology has been university tested and proven effective on bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi in the air and on surfaces. It also eliminates common triggers of allergies, asthma, and irritants to those with sensitive immune system.