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Sweet and savory breakfast items alike are spread out on a pink table cloth.

Your senses of taste and smell are closely linked. Your sense of taste involves only the sensations of saltiness, sweetness, sourness, and bitterness, while your sense of smell contributes to your perceptions of flavor. 

Sometimes what seems like a problem with taste is actually a problem with smell.

Many health problems cause changes

Three women sit around a table socializing.

In 2016, the Pew Research Center published an in-depth report about older adults living alone in the U.S. They examined demographics and also focused on the well-being of these seniors. 

Overall, according to the study, about 25% of Americans over age 65 live alone. About 32% are women and 18% are men.  

Factors associated with isolation

An older woman sitting in a wheelchair smiles at a younger woman kneeling next to her. An older man stands behind her smiling down at them all.

A serious illness or infection can come on quickly, especially in seniors. Some who are cognitively impaired or cannot speak may not be able to tell you if they feel ill, so if you are a family member or caregiver of someone with these deficits, you need to be on the alert for signs of illness. 

An older man, wearing a grey sweatshirt, sits in a chair, his head in his hands.

According to the National Veterans Foundation, more than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War era, and today there are still approximately over 2.25 million of them still alive. According to the U.S. Census, about 75% of the over 9 million Vietnam-era veterans are still living.

An older man sits next to a home health care employee.

Seniors need different types of care in their homes for many reasons, whether it is after surgery, after a medical event such as a stroke, or when moving to a new environment after rehabilitation.

The occipital lobe is situated at the back of the head.

This is the fourth and final article in the series about how to deal with dementia symptoms that result from damage to particular parts of the brain. This month’s topic: the occipital lobe.

The frontal lobe is indicated here in red, the area closest to the front of the forehead.

This article is the third in a four-part series about how to deal with dementia symptoms that result from damage to particular parts of the brain. The parietal lobe is the focus this month. 

You may have heard about the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, which were discussed in the first two parts of the series. But the parietal lobe and its functions are not as well known.

A group of older people in exercise clothes stretch while sitting on the grass in a park.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging, 5.7 million people in the U.S. have dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for most cases, followed by vascular-related causes. 

The frontal lobe is indicated here in red, the area closest to the front of the forehead.

Part two of a four-part series