Oct 31, 2016

Dr Oz Take the Alzheimer's Smell Test

Dr Oz on memory care and testing memory.

Alzheimer's Reading Room

On the Dr Oz show today.

Dr. Richard Isaacson came up with an at-home smell test to determine how healthy your brain is.

Sense of smell is one of the best early detection tools for Alzheimer's because it can point to possible neurodegeneration.

From Dr Oz.

Today, we're cutting your Alzheimer's risk because with more research, breakthroughs and potential cures on the horizon than ever before, the time to take action is now.

On the show, we have experts on the forefront of Alzheimer's prevention and research. We've got prevention specialist Dr. Richard Isaacson, Max Lugavere, senior medical director of the Alzheimer's Association, Dr. Heather Snyder, and Alzheimer's crusader and reporter Leeza Gibbons.

Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Max Lugavere

The MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center has been ranked the easiest diet to follow and the second best overall diet by U.S. News & World Report.

A diet, called MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed.

Leeza Gibbons

On how a new Alzheimer’s prevention test affected her, Gibbons says: “I got to tell you, this was a holy cow moment for me and for all of us who care about this disease. That's everybody, because think about what this means, that in real time, you can look at those behavior modifications and see is it reducing the plaques. So I think it's a potential game-changer.”

On why early Alzheimer’s prevention is important to her, Gibbon states: “That really hit me because when my mother was diagnosed, we couldn't have imagined a day there would be communities of people who were having this test. I wish that we had had this earlier, but we have it now. Your mom is very proud of you.”

How to Get Answers To Your Questions About Alzheimer's and Dementia

Have a friend or family member administer the test to you. First they must blindfold you, and then you must smell mouthwash, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and liquid soap.

Related Articles

Memory Care Tests

Dementia Care

Coping with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Reading Room contains more than 5,000 articles and has been published daily since July, 2009.

You are reading original content the Alzheimer's Reading Room

"The Alzheimer's Reading Room and Bob DeMarco are true treasures to Alzheimer's patients and their loved ones, especially their caregivers. As a scientist I visit the site every day for the always current research updates." 
"The world is incredibly fortunate to have this endless source of information and support. God bless you, Bob, and thanks for all you do!"

Rudy Tanzi

Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Professor of Neurology and holder of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Neurology at Harvard University.