CHANGES WITH AGING: SENSORY
The three main senses [taste, smell, touch] all decline
after age 50. This is is often so gradual that most people
do not recognise the change until around 75-80.
Changes In Taste With Age
The tongue atrophies with age, which may result in
diminished taste sensation; however, the number of taste
buds remains unchanged and the responsiveness of these
taste buds appears to be unaltered.
Changes In Smell With Age
Sense of smell declines rapidly after the age of 50
for both men and women, and the parts of our brain that
are involved in smell degenerate significantly. By age
80, the detection of smell is almost 50 percent poorer
than it was at its peak.
The combination of decreased taste and smell reduce
the discrimination and enjoyment of food.
sensory pleasure with aromatherapy oils.
Changes In Touch With Age
Our response to painful stimuli diminishes with aging.
Pressure touch thresholds on the index finger and the
big toe decline more in men than in women.
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