Improving quality of life is important to do for a loved one living with dementia. Recent research has shown that the brains of Alzheimer’s patients contain high levels of a mineral called magnetite. Interestingly, this mineral is also found in dirty air. It is not known if this is a direct cause of the dementia associated with Alzheimer’s Disease but it may be worthwhile to limit your loved one’s exposure to polluted air.
The best place to start is the home as this can often contain more particles than the air outdoors. Use an air purifier placed by the area where your loved one spends most of their time. Preventing air from becoming polluted is also important so avoid smoking or burning wood fires where possible. This article contains further details on the link between dirty air outdoors and dementia, aimed at those who are caring for a loved one with this condition.