What is in a smell?

9 years ago

Today in a group, I made popcorn for my residents who have
AD,  It was amazing to see how they
perked up with the smell of popcorn in the air. 
It is just one more tool that we can use to help people with AD connect
and reminisce.  It made me want to look up
the top five smells in the world in order to use them as a tool.  After searching the internet, I came up with
my own list.  Starting with number five,
baked goods, Christmas trees, fresh laundry, cinnamon and the top recognized
smell would be coffee.  I can use these
specific smells in group in order to start conversations with the
residents.  After doing some research, I
found that there has been research done on Alzheimer’s patients and the
inability to identify 10 specific odors (derived from the broader study) proved
to be the best predictors for Alzheimer's Disease: strawberry, smoke, soap,
menthol, clove, pineapple, natural gas, lilac, lemon and leather.  Isn’t it fascinating the way the brain and
nose work together?  Enjoy the smells you
can take in and share it with your loved one.

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