The elderly residing in highly polluted areas could experience a dip in their cognitive function, according to a recent study.
A study conducted on mice found that exposure to pollutants affected the hippocampus of the brain.
Air pollution has been connected to cardiovascular and respiratory problems; it can also increase the risk of premature death among the seniors.
According to the WHO, air pollution can cause many major ailments like heart disease and lung cancer and can negatively impact the functioning of the brain.
An exhaustive study which followed nearly 20,000 women for a period of ten years revealed that high levels of air pollution triggered decline in memory and attention span.