These are products that one or more of our staff or volunteers have recommended. This is not part of the activities proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (Alz). Buying products this way is merely a way of you buying something for yourself while helping to prevent Alz.
We do recommend that you assess your olfactory sense rather often. It turns out that folks rather routinely gradually loose their sense of smell and do not notice the decline in ability to even not having olfactory perception.
Buying scented products, and using them daily, is a good way to continuously test your ability to perceive scents. When you first sniff the scent is when you should recognize the scent and whether it is as strong as previously. You sense of smell quickly becomes adapted to scents that last a long time and that is normal (some call this nose blindness; recall smelling newly presented odors is what the smell-system is supposed to do).
We recommend that you continue to test your ability to perceive scents and note if that ability appears to have diminished. The first time you notice a marked reduction in ability to perceive scents is the best time to begin the sniffing exercises we recommend for those having a reduced ability to perceive scents.
It is a myth that reduced ability to perceive scents is normal and inevitable, as one ages. Many seniors, well into the 9th decade of life, have retained their youthful ability to perceive scents.