Stop and smell the roses is especially difficult for people living with dementia. Even before any symptoms of dementia present, an elderly person with a poor sense of smell may be at risk. Our brains and sense of smell are extraordinarily vulnerable to neurodegenerative disease. Our ability to discern our environment is directly connected to our olefactory nerve, which is part of our nervous system and exposed to the outside world. A study showed that identifying 4 out of 5 common odors was difficult for people more likely to develop dementia in the next 5-years. Sense of smell is closely tied to brain health and risk of dementia. Now what? I wish there was something as simple as a magic pill here but it’s more like a lifestyle choice. Take a gander at these 9-Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Dementia. Be active. Don’t be obese. Avoid developing Type 2 diabetes. Be social. Put the cigarette down. Control your blood pressure. Be proactive. There are a few more but that’s a quick run-down.
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