Nostaglic scents provide sensory support to care home residents

05 February 2020 – NCF

Activity staff at Rogers House Residential Care Home have established a reminiscent sensory activity for residents to support those living with dementia.

Staff of the Wigmore home have invited residents to open and smell jars that are filled with nostalgic scents, then guess what is in them.

Familiar or nostalgic scents such as coal fires, carbolic soap, tobacco, matches and peppermint activate what is called the ‘olfactory memory’. These smell receptors are connected to a part of the brain that processes memories and emotions and is said to be something that seldom degrades with age, even with those people living with dementia.


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