When the Nose No Longer Knows: Smell and Taste Disorders - RD335-60

When the Nose No Longer Knows: Smell and Taste Disorders

by Kaitlin Callahan, RDN
(4.5 / 188 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 older people are often not directly life-threatening, they can have a major impact on quality of life. More worrisome, they often lead to weight loss and even malnutrition. Loss of smell and taste can 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 individuals. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain at least four age-related and pathologic causes of smell and taste disorders in elders.
  • Describe three or more health consequences of smell and taste disorders.
  • List at least three key steps in assessing smell and taste disorders and implementing appropriate interventions in elders.
  • Identify at least three 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.
Nurses: 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 www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 3020, 3040, 4190 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 # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/19/2004
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/29/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/29/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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:

If this course is approved by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition, this course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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TERRY G - QUINCY, MA  ·  Sep 25, 2019
Quick, well written and easy to understand portrayal of the subject matter
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HARRIET A - Dalhart, TX  ·  Apr 19, 2019
Informative and interesting
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Diane S - Pittsburgh, PA  ·  Nov 15, 2018
Informative and to be aware when an older person is not eating, it could be another reason.
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Deanna F - Modesto, CA  ·  Nov 07, 2018
interesting information about reasons for loss of taste or smell
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Brenda H - Berlin Center , OH  ·  Oct 16, 2018
I this course was very enlightening. I will differently use this course when interacting with my patients.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00