Problems with Smell
Frequently Asked Questions
5. What impact can loss of smell have on an older person's life?
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Older people who have lost their sense of smell may eat too much or eat too little. In severe cases, loss of smell can lead to depression. Although problems with smell are rarely life-threatening, loss of smell can be dangerous. Identifying smells is your brain's way of providing you with information about your environment and keeping you safe.