Smell and Memory Kit | Smell Recall Connect | Alzheimer's & Dementia – Essential Awakenings
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An Innovative Product And Brain-Stimulating Activity That Engages Seniors in Conversation and Recall of Memories Through The Sense of Smell

Essential Awakenings® Smell.Recall.Connect Tool Kits have been developed as an activity for seniors and family alike.  It is a tool to engage in socialization, conversation, storytelling and memory recall through the Essential Smells© that have been carefully developed by professional scent developer, Ruth Sutcliffe. Each kit comes with 6 smell prompts in roller-ball form, clue cards to help guide the conversation, or to be used in a guessing game and a pack of 100 smelling strips for application.  

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The carefully selected smell prompts are perfect tools to prompt storytelling. Essential Awakenings® Customized Kits are now available just by select the 6 smell prompts that resonate with your own family experiences! It's a perfect activity for holiday gatherings!

Families, Caregivers, and Assisted Living Communities will find Essential Awakenings® a fun new activity to engage seniors in socialization.

An Essential Awakenings® Smelling Session At The Greens Of Greenwich


"I bought the Essential Awakenings® Kit as a Christmas gift for my grandfather with Alzheimer's.  It ended up being a gift for the whole family! The scents are very distinguishable and the conversation cards that came with the kit helped us to guide the discussion.  Thank you Ruth for going above and beyond making sure that I had the gift in time for Christmas!  It was true joy!" 

Jacqui A., NYC

Essential Awakenings® with Ruth is a fun and important experience for residents at any facility. The scents that Ruth creates elicit memories for our residents, and inspire socialization through conversation about what scents appeal to which people... I am honored to incorporate Essential Awakenings into our programming; it adds so much to the sensory experience we hope to offer those in their last stage of life. 

Beth Liebowitz, Program Director & Dance Therapist, The Greens At Greenwich, CT

"I use this kit to help me pause, reflect and to help strengthen my sense of smell. To get to the point of smelling five out of six scents, it has taken me a little over five weeks.  Never knew how much I took my sense of smell for granted. I hope this kit helps you and helps you bond further with your family." 

Rosanel Rosario, Aneurysm Survivor, New York City

"Ruth has enhanced the lives of our residents with her smelling sessions. The scents have helped them to remember special times in their lives and to discuss it in a group. It is a truly therapeutic and relaxing hour. I am grateful for Ruth's program.” 

Elanit Linder, Elder Care Professional and ReM(i) Culture CEO, Stamford, CT

"Morningside of Springdale wanted to take the time to thank you for such a wonderful event.  So many of the residents were reminded of times gone by with the smells you presented.  I very much enjoyed the opportunity you offered our area with you amazing skills.  Please come visit anytime and bring your smell goods for memories.” 

Jeanie Melear, Lifestyle 360 Director, Morningside of Springdale, AR

It all began in September, 2016 when I gave my first Essential Awakenings® session at an Atria Memory Care Community in Stamford, CT. Their favorites? Pineapple, lilac and chocolate!

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Easter In Asheville And The Scent of Lilac at Brookdale Senior Living

Easter In Asheville And The Scent of Lilac at Brookdale Senior Living

How Easter and the smell of Lilac in Asheville, North Carolina has connected me to the seniors living at Brookdale Senior Living’s Dementia And Alzheimer’s Community.
Scent Memories Shared By My Daughter, Part 1

Scent Memories Shared By My Daughter, Part 1

Scent Memories of our country home in France bring back the aroma of Galette des Rois have been shared by my daughter, Claire. She was 2 years old at the time, and now 34.
Travel, Nature and The Sense of Smell

Travel, Nature and The Sense of Smell

I also like to share a little about my life through various cultural activities such as art exhibits, gastronomy, and travel. Why?  Because they are all sensorial experiences! 

Ruth Sutcliffe Conducting a Smelling Session at The Greens At Greenwich

Watch our Smelling session at river house adult day center

Smelling Session at River House Adult Care Center

Thank you to River House Adult Day Center, located in Cos Cob, CT for inviting me to share the Essential Awakenings® Smell Therapy Session with their clientele! Their favorite smell prompts have been the smell of apples (baking apple pies, picking apples with their family in the fall).