Video: The sense of smell and taste in the aging

Our sense of smell and taste declines with age. Yet not everyone is affected on the same level. Is there anything we can do to prevent or reduce loss of sensory perception in the elderly? How does the decline affect us? What could help nursing home residents enjoy their meals more, and how could the industry help to develop food that suits the needs of the old and the frail?

Sensory scientist and ESN member Claire Sulmont-Rossé has done extensive research on the sense of smell and taste in the elderly. In the video she gives and overview of the current knowledge, as well as an insight into her research. The video is suited for laypeople and experts alike.

long version (14 min)

short version (5 min)