Essential Awakenings® Smell & Memory Kit, 2nd Edition With Smell Training Guide
Essential Awakenings® Smell and Memory Kits have been designed for families, caregivers and program directors to engage seniors in a brain-stimulating activity that encourages socialization, conversation, storytelling and the recall of memories through the sense of smell. The scent prompts can also be used for Smell Training with the enclosed Smell Training Guide. Exclusively on this site. Made in the USA.
Roll the first smell onto the pointed tip of the paper blotter strip.
Give your loved one or group audience the scented paper blotter strip.
Ask them to smell and try to describe what they smell (any adjective or descriptor that comes to the top of their mind). Example: Is it sweet, sour, fresh, clean? Is it a flower? A fruit?
Give them clues to help them guess (using clue cards as a tool, or verbalize your own).
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.
Repeat with remaining scents.
For Storytelling: You can also choose to tell stories using the smell prompts as a sensory aid to your storytelling. For example: “At Easter time, my family always had an Easter Egg hunt, and whoever found the most eggs would win a chocolate bunny (show chocolate), then, we’d play football out on the lawn (show grass), and as soon as spring came along a bit more, we’d be able to smell the lilac in the air...”
For Smell Training: Follow specific instructions developed by Dr. Rachel Herz.