Senior Focus: Changing Senses

Aging comes with several sensory changes, many of which people expect. Loss of hearing or diminishing vision are widely associated, but one’s senses of smell and taste may diminish with aging as well. The senses of taste and smell work in concert.

The sense of smell is vital to personal health, not only because inhaling pleasant aromas can provide comfort and stress relief through aromatherapy and help trigger important memories, but also because smell enables a person to detect the dangers of smoke, gas, spoiled food, and more. The National Institute on Aging says that, as a person gets older, his or her sense of smell may fade, and that will also affect taste. The Mayo Clinic says some loss of taste and smell is natural and can begin as early as age 60.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March/April issue of LiveIt magazine.