Today we talk about taste and smell and how those are affected as we age and what to do about the situation with your loved ones.

We go over the following topics:

Issues regarding taste & smell often overlooked as seen as “not critical to life”

Reality:

  • Increased rates of accidental gas poisonings & gas explosions
  • Appetite suppression- wt. Loss, malnutrition, decreased immunity
  • Increase consumption of salt & sugar (2-3x increase to taste salt in tomato soup)
  • Anxiety & depression-Anxious that they can’t taste and enjoy the food. Also fear of some underlying medical condition

 

Goal: To Prevent Injury Related to loss of Taste & Smell

 

Management:

  • Counselling & reassurance that there is no malignant disease or infection
  • Visual gas detection devices
  • Someone to check for spoiled food
  • Flavor enhancers ( yes salt & MSG)

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