smell and memory - the dementia link

    smell and memory - the dementia link

    post #1 of 6
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    We all know how smells get associated with certain memories - that seems to be because the part of the brain registering the smell is the same that is responsible for forming memories.

    People with dementia often begin to lose their sense of smell - and now the ability to perceive smells is being used as a diagnostic tool.

    http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2013/10/peanut-butter-test-can-diagnose.html#more

    Not directly fragrance related but one can make the connections.

    post #2 of 6

    Interesting - thank you.

    As carer of an Alzheimer's suffer, it was noticeable to me that their senses of smell/taste did begin to diminish initially.

    post #3 of 6
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    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Interesting - thank you.

    As carer of an Alzheimer's suffer, it was noticeable to me that their senses of smell/taste did begin to diminish initially.


    Thanks lpp. Sadly, this will be familiar to many of us from personal experience of people we know and love being in this situation.

    post #4 of 6

    Increasingly so, unfortunately, gimmegreen.

    post #5 of 6
    Thanks for the link. Interesting info, but sad nevertheless.
    post #6 of 6

    Yes indeed. One of the first signs of Alzheimer's in a close friend was that he almost ate a bag of decomposing prawns while I was visiting him. I had to take them away from him before he poisoned himself. The stench was dreadful and I never understood why he couldn't detect it, because he used to really appreciate scents. Sadly, it was all downhill from there.

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    10/11/13 at 1:48am

    gimmegreen said:



    We all know how smells get associated with certain memories - that seems to be because the part of the brain registering the smell is the same that is responsible for forming memories.

    People with dementia often begin to lose their sense of smell - and now the ability to perceive smells is being used as a diagnostic tool.

    http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2013/10/peanut-butter-test-can-diagnose.html#more

    Not directly fragrance related but one can make the connections.

    10/11/13 at 1:52am

    lpp said:



    Interesting - thank you.

    As carer of an Alzheimer's suffer, it was noticeable to me that their senses of smell/taste did begin to diminish initially.

    10/11/13 at 2:09am

    gimmegreen said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Interesting - thank you.

    As carer of an Alzheimer's suffer, it was noticeable to me that their senses of smell/taste did begin to diminish initially.


    Thanks lpp. Sadly, this will be familiar to many of us from personal experience of people we know and love being in this situation.

    10/11/13 at 2:12am

    lpp said:



    Increasingly so, unfortunately, gimmegreen.

    10/11/13 at 4:16am

    hednic said:



    Thanks for the link. Interesting info, but sad nevertheless.

    10/17/13 at 2:14am

    redrose said:



    Yes indeed. One of the first signs of Alzheimer's in a close friend was that he almost ate a bag of decomposing prawns while I was visiting him. I had to take them away from him before he poisoned himself. The stench was dreadful and I never understood why he couldn't detect it, because he used to really appreciate scents. Sadly, it was all downhill from there.





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