Anti aging guide

Exercises to Improve the Senses of Taste and Smell when Aging



How to make the most of what is left of the senses of taste and smell when aging

Here are some suggestions and exercises for the senses of taste and smell:

Exercise 1: Tasting Sessions

With eyes closed, taste one of the following:

  • Wine
  • Lemon juice
  • Mineral water
  • Cotton wool
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Plastic
  • Other unusual (clean and safe) objects/materials

The aim of the exercise is not to guess what the object is but merely to experience the taste sensation and to think about it for some seconds.

Exercise 2: Reminiscence

Think back to an event in your childhood and re-create the details in your mind. The purpose of the exercise is to re-create the particular smells associated with that event. For example, can you remember, when you were on your way to school, what the smell of your clothes or of your friends was like? If no smell comes to mind, try another scene and spend three to four minutes on each memory.

To help with this exercise, it is possible to use special aromas for reminiscence, containing smells from yesteryear. If you are over the age of 50 or 60, you may choose the smell of a hospital during the war, for example, a washday smell or the smell of an old teapot and others. If you are younger, try re-creating your own smells. For example, I use the smell of new leather to remind me of my schooldays, when I would carry a brand-new school bag every September (no synthetic plastics in those days).

Exercise 3: Odor Rotation

Once or twice a week use a different soap, perfume or aftershave and other perfumed items to keep your sense of smell active and interested. Use natural air fresheners instead of artificial ones to avoid stimulating your nose with the wrong chemicals. Use aromatherapy oils to energize your sense of smell or your memory, or to give your mood a boost.

Our sense of smell gets used to environmental odors and, after a while, we fail to notice a particular odor even when other people who have just come into the room can smell it straight away. This is called ‘tolerance development’. If you keep rotating the different smells, your nose will be subjected to new challenges every time and the smell sensors will have to keep active.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm