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What You Should Know About Air Quality Awareness

By Denise Roskamp

This is Air Quality Awareness Week. This weeklong observance is designed to bring awareness to the issues of air pollution and poor air quality, and to help people make choices that will reduce air pollution and protect their health and well-being when dealing with air quality issues. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, this is a great time for you to learn more about air quality issues and what you can do to help protect your parent from health and well-being issues related to breathing this air.

Some things that you should know about Air Quality Awareness Week include:

• More than 25 percent of people live in an area that has an air quality rating of “F”
• This is more than 4 out of every 10 people
• More than 138 million people in the United States live in a county that consistently has an air quality rating of “F” in the categories of particle pollution or ozone
• Nearly 18 million people in the United States live in a county that has an air quality rating of “F” in all three categories of rating
• Air quality is worsening in many areas
• Breathing in ozone damages the lungs, creating irritation that is similar to a sunburn within the organs
• Particle pollution is linked to early death for those who are suffering from serious health complications including heart disease, asthma, and diabetes
• Breathing polluted air increases the instance of emergency room visits
• According to the World Health Organization, breathing polluted air greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer
• Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of breathing in polluted air
• Understanding the air quality ratings and staying inside when the quality is deemed unhealthy can help to reduce the negative impact of poor air quality

If you are concerned about your aging parent’s health and well-being as they age in place, or simply believe that your loved one would benefit from a more varied care routine, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get everything that they need, when they need it, while also ensuring that you remain at the forefront of their care routine. This care provider will provide a highly personalized set of care, support, assistance, and encouragement designed to help them manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as support them in having as much independence and activity as possible as they age in place. This helps your parent to manage their needs while still helping them to have the quality of life and lifestyle that they desire and deserve. When it comes to dealing with hazards such as air quality problems, this care
provider can help your parent to understand the risks that they are facing and to make good lifestyle choices that will protect them from these issues without sacrificing their lifestyle and well-being.