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Signs That Your Loved One Might be Suffering from Anosmia

Senior Care Westchester County NY

Senior Care Westchester County NYIt is likely that you take your sense of smell for granted and do not think about it very much until you experience an issue with it, such as when you catch a cold or respiratory infection and experienced reduced acuity in this sense. For some people, however, this reduction in sense of smell is chronic and can have serious impact on their quality of life, and even their health and safety.

February 27 is Anosmia Awareness Day, the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this condition and how you can help your senior parent address this issue should it arise in their later years. The reduction of sense of smell is not just about your parent not being able to enjoy smells around them.

This can have much more extensive impact on their health and well-being, including:

• Increased risk for contracting foodborne infection because of not being able to detect by smell spoiled food

• Increased risk for contracting foodborne infection because of not being able to taste potentially spoiled food

• Increased risk for poisoning because of not being able to detect chemical smells that might differentiate between chemicals that resemble food products, such as cleaners versus drinks

• Increased danger in the case of residential fire due to not being able to detect the smell of smoke or smoldering that can occur even before a smoke detector goes off.

Some signs that your elderly parent might be dealing with anosmia include:

• Unpleasant smells in the home that they do not notice, such as trash, bathroom, or food spoilage smells

• Wearing clothing that smells bad without noticing, such as mildewed clothing

• Large amount of spoiled food in the kitchen or noticing that they seem willing to eat food that is just spoiled

• Complaining that food has no flavor or that it does not taste right

• Adding excess amounts of salt or sugar to food to compensate for reduced ability to taste due to reduced acuity of smell.

Starting senior care for your senior loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging parent throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can understand the particular risks, challenges, and limitations that your aging parent is facing, as well as the personal lifestyle goals, preferences, and desires of your individual parent. They can then use this information to create a course of care and management that gives them the lifestyle that they desire while also helping them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and fulfilled throughout their later years.

When it comes to handling a potentially challenging issue such as anosmia, this seniorcare provider can offer support and encouragement that helps your loved one understand what they are dealing with and how they can manage it as part of their regular daily life. They can then provide them with the customized support, care, and assistance they need to maintain as much independence, activity, and engagement as possible as they age in place.

Sources:  http://www.anosmiafoundation.com/suffer.shtml
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-taste-smell

If you or an aging loved one is considering Senior Care Services in Westchester County NY, please contact the caring staff at Kingsbridge Home Healthcare. Call today: (347) 289-7118.

Danielle Parchment

Kingsbridge home healthcare is a senior care service located in Brooklyn New York. We believe relationship building is our strongest asset and makes the difference in the care we deliver. The owners have been caregivers within our community for 25+ years and understand the transitional process and support needed by families when searching for home care services.

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