Your Source for Quality In-Home Care
Air Pollution May Age Your Brain

By 2050 it is estimated that nearly 14 million Americans and their families will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that ultimately renders the individual incapable of caring for themselves, and has an economic cost of one trillion dollars – more than the combined cost of treating cancer and heart disease combined. It is the most common form of dementia, and is incurable and unpreventable, affecting the memory and mental processing portions of the brain. While recent research has made strides in understanding the disease, the exact cause is still largely unknown.

However, in study by Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of 1,403 older women who lived in geographic locations with higher levels of fine particulate matter in ambient air – the natural state of air in the outdoor environment. Fine particulate matter is smaller than 2.5 micrometers, and easily enters the lungs and possibly the bloodstream. Researchers examined the women’s white matter, the internal part of the brain responsible for determining how information is processed. MRI’s revealed significantly smaller white matter volumes across a wide range of brain areas, denoting a connection to air pollution and the health of white matter.

The findings indicate that outdoor air pollution, in the form of tiny particles released from power plants and automobiles, could nearly double the dementia risk in older women. If the results are applicable to the general population, fine particulate pollution in the ambient air may be responsible for about one out of every five cases of dementia.

Future research will focus on the damaging effects of the environment on the brain. Specifically, researchers want to know if the effects of pollution are the same for men as women, and whether current drugs under development will protect against air pollution exposure. It is believed that even very early life exposure has a negative impact. Therefore, researchers will need to collaborate with the Environmental Protection Agency to focus on ways to decrease air pollution across the US. Especially the states with the highest levels of air pollution, which is concentrated in the Midwest.

Alzheimer’s research has historically lagged behind that of other major illnesses including cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. According to data obtained on the Alzheimer’s Association website, the National Institutes of Health spends over $6 billion a year on cancer research, over $4 billion on heart disease research and over $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research. But it spends only $480 million on Alzheimer’s research. However, with increased media coverage, the cause is gaining the attention of congress. In December of 2015, with bipartisan support, president Obama signed a law increasing the NIH budget for Alzheimer’s research by $350 million. This marks the largest ever increase and a 60% growth overall. Experts say $2 billion is necessary to find methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s disease by 2015.

 

 

Comments are closed.





What Our Clients Say:

Thank You Acti-Kare

“I just love Amie! I don’t know what I would do without her.”

Ruth, FL

5.0
2015-06-30T20:25:35+00:00

Ruth, FL

“I just love Amie! I don’t know what I would do without her.”

All The Caregivers At Acti-Kare Have Been Good To Us

Acti-Kare provides around the clock care to help me care for my wife Lois. Lois has dementia and I was...
Leonard R.
5.0
2016-02-25T15:17:54+00:00
Leonard R.
Acti-Kare provides around the clock care to help me care for my wife Lois. Lois has dementia and I was able to watch out for her up until a couple months ago when I had some health issue of my own and ended up the local hospital. A nurse there gave me some information on Acti-Kare and TJ came out and talked with me. I felt really comfortable with him. Acti-Kare caregivers are patient with Lois and help us with house cleaning and meals. Yes I would recommend Acti-Kare. They have all been good to us.

All I Can Say Is Thank You So Much!

All I can say is thank you so much! We had recently lost my father when we called on TJ...

Barb C.

5.0
2016-02-25T15:19:13+00:00

Barb C.

All I can say is thank you so much! We had recently lost my father when we called on TJ and the Acti-Kare team. Mom moved in with me but was in poor health as well and needed someone to help care for her when I worked. TJ paired us with an absolute angel (Angie). She took care of my mother like she was her own. She quickly became part of the family! My mother would not have been able to remain at home with out the amazing help of Acti-Kare. It's truly been a blessing. -Barb C.

I Would Recommend Acti-Kare To Anyone In Need Of Home Care

MY aunt was under the care of Acti-Kare in home care for several weeks. She is 90 years old and...
D. G.
5.0
2016-02-25T15:25:44+00:00
D. G.
MY aunt was under the care of Acti-Kare in home care for several weeks. She is 90 years old and needed help after a bad fall. We felt very comfortalbe from the very first start meeting owner TJ Hedick. His staff was very caring and helped my aunt get back on her feet. I would recomend his company to anyone that would also need in home care.

The Staff At Acti-Kare Are Truly Special People!

"After the stroke I never thought my dad could live at home again. I knew it was what he wanted...
K. H.
5.0
2016-02-25T15:26:54+00:00
K. H.
"After the stroke I never thought my dad could live at home again. I knew it was what he wanted so at the recommendation of the hospital case manager I tried Acti-Kare. They have been a blessing. Dad is making strides and he is truly happy which I know he wouldn't have been at retirement home. The staff are truly special people!"

Many Thanks For The Caregivers At ActiKare

TJ and Andrea met with me after they were recommended to me by a friend. I walked away from our...
B. B.
5.0
2016-02-25T15:28:22+00:00
B. B.
TJ and Andrea met with me after they were recommended to me by a friend. I walked away from our meeting amazed at how passionate and genuine they were. They set up a care plan for my mother that provided 24/7 care with a fantastic team of nurses and aids. Mom is thriving! Cant say anything but Thank You.

Our Caregiver In Iverness, FL Has Been A Lifesaver!!

“Acti-Kare has been a lifesaver. My mother has dementia and needs someone with her all the time. As much as...
M. S.
5.0
2016-02-25T15:29:28+00:00
M. S.
“Acti-Kare has been a lifesaver. My mother has dementia and needs someone with her all the time. As much as I would love to be the one to care for my mom, I have a full time job and a family of my own. They paired my mother with Ginger who is amazing and has just the right temperament to care for my mother. You guys are the best!
5.0
7

~ Contact Us ~

First Name: * 
Last Name: * 
Zip Code/PostalCode: * 
Phone #: * 
Email Address: * 
Message: * 
How did you hear about us: