Recently there has been a lot of reporting (why did it take so long?) about the Beijing airpocalypse. Levels of toxic smog not seen here in the US, even with forest fires and natural disasters.
Colleagues and friends have traveled to China and commented on the poor quality air and burning in their lungs but I thought perhaps it was American pansy-mania not an actual daily burden. I was wrong.
Many of the residents took to social media to sketch outlines of buildings obscured by the pollution. The picture here is actually the gate to Tiananmen.
“This tells us that the damage air pollution can impart goes beyond the circulatory system,” said the lead author, Dr. Jiu-Chiuan Chen, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. “Particles in the ambient air are an environmental neurotoxin to the aging brain.”
The 2016 Alzheimer's research budget will boost funding by $350 million to $936 million--even with its remarkable record of unremarkable insights or advances. The budget also provides $85 million Brain Research funding through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) research program and even increases Alzheimer’s research at the Pentagon by $15 million.
Think about investments in air quality, nutrition, housing, transportation, and home delivered meals allowing prevention or better resources for caregivers and patients already living with dementia. Policymakers and Alzheimer’s organizations need to pay attention.The data for reauthorizing the Older Americans Act is a lot more compelling. But not nearly as profitable to lobbyists or other special interest groups.