Essential Awakenings Smell and Memory Kit for Alzheimer's Disease
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Essential Awakenings® Smell and Memory Kit, First Edition

Essential Awakenings® Smell and Memory Kit, First Edition

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 Essential Awakenings® Smell and Memory Kit have been designed for families and caregivers to engage seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer's in conversation, storytelling and the recall of memories through the distinguishable smell prompts included in the kits.  The Essential Awakenings® smell prompts were developed by scent developer, Ruth Sutcliffe, who was determined to create a fun communication tool for families, caregivers and Assisted Living Communities caring for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's after her mother passed away from dementia-related causes in 2016.  The Essential Awakenings® tool kits can be used in storytelling, as a guessing game (what's that smell?), as well as recalling memories through the sense of smell.  

Besides the 6 smell prompts, the kits also includes a packet of paper blotter strips for applying the smells and Clue Cards that can be used in playing "What's That'Smell?"

The essential smells© were formulated by global fragrance supply houses, and do not include alcohol and are safe when coming into contact with the skin. There are small components in the kits, so please keep out of the hands of children under 8 years old.

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Essential Smells include:  Jasmine, Chocolate, Pineapple, Mint, Cinnamon, and Grass; one set of Clue Cards, 100 blotter strips.


  1. Select a smell of your choice to start.
  2. Roll the first smell onto the pointed tip of the paper blotter strip.
  3. Give your loved one or group audience the scented paper blotter strip.
  4. Ask them to smell and describe what they smell.
  5. Ask them to vocalize any adjective or descriptor that comes to the top of their mind when they smell.
  6. Give them clues to help them guess (using clue cards as a tool, or verbalize your own).
  7. If no descriptor comes to mind, reveal what the smell is, and see if you can open a discussion.  In a group setting, it  may take one or two tries to get everyone to open up.
  8. Repeat with remaining scents.

    Example of Clue Questions for opening up the discussion:

    This is a popular flavor for a chewing gum.

    When I was young, we used to go into the garden and pick this to add to our tea or to made jelly.