When the Nose No Longer Knows - RD335-60

When the Nose No Longer Knows

Smell and Taste Disorders in Elders

by Ashley A. Reynolds, RD, LDN and Colleen Manning Osten, RD and Elizabeth A. Hoelscher, MPH, RD, LD
(4.4 / 174 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Although smell and taste disorders in elders are often not directly life threatening, they can have a major impact on quality of life. More worrisome, they often lead to malnutrition and even weight loss. They create dangerous health risks when someone cannot recognize the odor of gas leaks, smoke or spoiled food. Although these disorders can arise simply from the physiological changes of aging, they can also indicate other more serious medical problems. Healthcare professionals can improve an elder’s quality of life by performing a careful assessment to identify the cause of the smell and taste disorders, and by assisting them with ways to cope with the problem.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the assessment and management of smell and taste disorders in elderly people. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain age-related and pathologic causes of smell and taste disorders in elders
  • Describe the health consequences of smell and taste disorders
  • List key steps in assessing smell and taste disorders and implementing appropriate interventions in elders
  • Identify strategies for the nutritional management of smell and taste disorders in elders

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2040, 3000, 3020, 3040, 3050, 3070, 5000, 5200, 5390, 8000, 8130 and performance indicators of 8.1.5, 8.3.7, 10.2.7, 10.2.8.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 8/26/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/26/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/26/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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CAROL B - Greensboro, NC  ·  Sep 16, 2018
Excellent review of material
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Brian H - Newmanstown, PA  ·  Aug 26, 2018
This course helped me to understand the various sources of altered taste perception and how to improve it.
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Laurie M - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Jul 26, 2018
This course explained the senses of taste and smell, addressed the issues surrounding the loss of these senses. The list of medications and things to check for upon exam were very helpful.
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Kimmie M - Riverview, FL  ·  May 24, 2018
Points out the role in taste/smell and how they work in unison.
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Kacie N - Harrisburg, PA  ·  Apr 27, 2018
This course was very informative
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Price: $20.00
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