Is there a link between CO poisoning and dementia?

The CO Research Trust is to host a presentation about the results of a research project which has looked at the effect of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure on older people and considers whether low-level, long-term CO exposure is a potential risk factor for early cognitive decline.

The presentation is set to take place online on Thursday 21st Oct at 4pm until 5pm and is open to anyone who has an interest in this subject area.

It is thought that older people are more susceptible to the effects of CO exposure, partly due to physiological reasons but also because of behaviour, in terms of going out less often. There are also economic factors,  such as having to live in one room in the home to keep warm – if a faulty appliance is used, this can lead to chronic prolonged low-level exposure to CO or even a fatality.

Symptoms of dementia include memory and cognitive impairment such as effects on language, motor skills and recognition. These symptoms are like those displayed by people who have been poisoned by CO.

The three-year investigation was carried out by PhD candidate Beth Cheshire at Lancaster University, who worked alongside the West Midlands Fire Services to gather data on the presence of CO in the homes of older adults. Fire Officers often report high levels of confusion in older residents who may be at risk of chronic CO exposure.

Baroness Finlay, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the CO Research Trust said: “This is a critical piece of work, which has the potential to have far reaching consequences and make changes to the way that older patients who present themselves with neurocognitive and neuropsy-chological symptoms are diagnosed and treated. We are excited to share the results of this important piece of research with everyone who may have an interest in this area.”

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