How Pollution Could be Causing Dementia

3. Shifting the narrative is always important for change.  Despite years of air pollution, there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint and give future generations… Trista - August 5, 2021

3. Shifting the narrative is always important for change. 

Despite years of air pollution, there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint and give future generations a better chance at a pollution-free world. Everyone has a responsibility to our planet to keep it pollution-free and safe for future generations. So, what can you do to lower air pollution around the world? Reusing and recycling is the simplest way to lower your carbon footprint. As an example buying reusable straws can reduce your carbon footprint. Simple gestures such as this are the easiest way to reduce air pollution. If everyone in the world made a small gesture such as recycling instead of throwing recyclables away, air pollution would diminish. 


Also, buying locally can significantly reduce air pollution. The food and products we buy daily are brought into stores using semi-trucks that contribute a great deal to our air pollution problem. Walking and riding your bike to work can also greatly reduce the number of air pollutants pushed into the air every day. If you’re unable to walk, bike, or mo-ped to work, carpooling or riding the bus are excellent alternatives to help reduce pollutants. These smart and simple ideas will help future generations — and keep our air clean and safe for ages to come.  


2. Look for early signs of dementia, regardless of your location, pollution intake, or family medical history. 

It’s essential to learn the early signs of dementia for your parents, grandparents, and even aunts and uncles to ensure proper care is readily available when needed. Although there is no cure for memory-related illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, there are ways to help your family members keep their memories for as long as possible. One of the earliest signs you may notice is confusion. A person with dementia could have difficulty judging what time it is or where they are. They could be at a relative’s house or the grocery store and forget where they are and why they are there.


You may notice your family member having a difficult time with memories. You might be having a conversation about a life event one day, and they won’t remember what you’re talking about or possibly remember the event differently. A person with dementia may also have difficulty remembering where they put something. That can lead to frustration, confusion, and sometimes anger. It’s important to help your family members and be there for them even if it’s challenging to go through. You may also notice a person with dementia having an arduous time making decisions. Keep reading to find out when you should see a doctor for symptoms of dementia.


1. Is it time to see a doctor?

It’s painful and heartbreaking to watch a family member go through these types of symptoms, and important to know when it’s time to see a doctor. Pay attention to early signs in your parents or grandparents. If you notice any, you should immediately schedule an appointment with their doctor. It’s crucial to seek help if you have any concerns. Even though there’s no cure for illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a physician can help to ease the symptoms and give your family members a sense of comfort. Just because your family member is aging, it doesn’t mean they will immediately start forgetting.


If you notice symptoms, the best thing you can do for your family member is to make an appointment to see their physician. The Alzheimer’s Association believes it is a myth that brain function gets worse as you age. A medical professional will thoroughly examine person with any of the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. That way, they can try to find the cause of their symptoms. They should discuss symptoms such as forgetfulness, anger, frustration, lowered problem-solving skills, and time management to find the reason. If a physician suspects dementia, there are ways to slow the progression of the disease to help your family members remain calm and live out their days comfortably and stress-free.