Dementia Symptoms: Inability To Smell These Scents Could Hint At Condition

Dementia Symptoms: Inability To Smell These Scents Could Hint At Condition

A new study suggests that the inability to detect certain smells could be a possible dementia symptom in older individuals.

In order to determine how an elderly person’s sense of smell could affect their risk of dementia, a team of researchers from the University of Chicago had close to 3,000 men and women aged 57 to 85 take part in a small test. According to the New York Daily News, the participants were given “Sniffin’ Sticks” felt pens infused with the scents of fish, leather, orange, peppermint, and rose, and asked if they could identify the smells associated with the pens.

Based on the study’s results, more than three-fourths of the men and women had a normal sense of smell, with half of the participants able to identify all five smells correctly. Another 18.7 percent were identified as “hyposmic,” as they only got two or three odors right. Lastly, 3.2 percent were found to be “anosmic,” having identified one or none of the smells.

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