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We are developing a peer-to-peer resource for people living with dementia who find that their sense of taste and/or smell is changing.

Agnes Houston came up with the idea and it builds on the ‘Dementia and Sensory Challenges’ booklet that she produced last year.

Outside the Box is working alongside Agnes on this project which is funded by Life Changes Trust.

This project is closely linked to our Food Buddies project which is developing peer support for older people with challenges around food.

What we are doing

We are gathering the experiences of people living with dementia about changes to their sense of taste and/or smell.

From this, we will produce a booklet which will:

  • Explain how this happens to some people
  • Share tips on how to adapt and live with the changes – such as what you eat and still enjoying the social aspects of food
How you can help us

To help us develop this work, we’re keen to hear about your experiences and tips.

Below you can download a list of questions which we would love your responses to. You can also see a sample of these questions answered by Agnes, as someone living with dementia who experiences sensory changes.

You can answer the questions in any of the following ways:

  • You could answer them yourself.
  • You could talk them over with someone else and get them to ask you the questions and record what you say.
  • You could discuss them as a group with other people who live with dementia, and share your tips with each other as well as with us.

If you would like us to support you with any of these options, please let us know.

Get in touch

To chat any of this through or to send your answers to us – you can:

  • Send an email to Kate:
  • Send your notes to us by post:
    Kate Robertson / Outside the Box / The Whisky Bond / 2 Dawson Road / Glasgow / G4 9SS
  • Give us a call: 0141 4190451
Dementia & Sensory Challenges Booklet
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