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Life-Span Human Development, Fifth Edition, Carol K. Sigelman and Elizabeth A. Rider

Chapter 6

Other Senses in Older Adults

Over 70 taste and smell thresholds increase

Many are not affected at all: mostly men

Also affected by disease and medications

Loss of enjoyment of food may cause malnutrition in older adults

Less sensitive to touch and temperature

Less sensitive to mild but not sever pain

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