A new study reported in Discovery News indicates that if you can't identify the aromas of 12 different smells, you may be headed down the rickety road to Alzheimer's. Among the featured smells are many from the food world, including lemon, chocolate, onion, black pepper, pineapple, banana and cinnamon. But wait--what about rotting potatoes, burned toast, cat tuna breath, and canned Dinty Moore's beef stew? ( The latter a horrific childhood camping memory...)
Apparently if your olfactory department stays on track, you continue to exercise even from your chair, and you keep your mind crackling by daily inventing new email addresses, you'll wobble off into the Great Beyond with all your marbles clicking away neatly in your noggin.
I fear for many, however--for those who plug aromatherapy lamps into their sockets, spray the cat with Febreze, layer wet clothes with sheets of Bounce, hang "new car" smellies from the rear view mirrors of their aging Volvos---surely all this artificial odeur is bound to skew the ability of the aging schnozz to pick up on the actual aromas of lemon and banana?