Decreased sense of smell may indicate early dementia
One of the symptoms or signs for this (Early Onset Alzheimer), is the deteriorating sense of smell. This is from my experience as I now recall. But this is not receiving any attention because of self denial on the part of the caregiver or the person.
I had just assisted a senior and although the person seems to be agile (for his age), the person admitted that the sense of smell is no longer there.
I had tried to sound it out,
Although the family did admitted that there are other minor signs, it is perhaps just beginning
But the fact is that, this keen sense of smell that is no longer there, did not ring any alarm bells.
Sad to say that, although the person, due to the age, does not belong to the Early Onset Alzheimer, it seems that the this symptom has not been noticed.
There is no mention in the latest news from the Mayo Clinic.
Is there anybody out there who had noticed this ?
If the above is valid, how can it be put to use to identify Alzheimer, instead of running around the bush to get the necessary tests for it.
And after getting getting to pay for all the costly tests to ascertain that it is Alzheimer’s……what can be done ? Nothing but to retreat into a cocoon to avoid being stigmatized.