What are most people worried about when they are approaching old age. The first things that brings a frown to most people’s faces is the fear of grey hair and wrinkles. And true enough these are some of the most obvious changes of old age and it’s an honest enough worry. But these are also some unavoidable consequences of time catching up with us. Even though we prioritize these changes to our hair, skin and our appearance as a whole, is this the only thing in us that is affected by old age? Is there anything else in us that deteriorates with time?
The answer is yes
It’s a well-known fact that with time our hearing and vision will deteriorate to a certain extent. Needing to wear glasses in old age is a norm that most of will except without a qualm. And we also get used to telling people to speak up when they are talking to us. But what most of us don’t realize is the fact that with time even our sense of taste and smell diminish. It’s not something that happens all of a sudden, it’s a gradual process that happens over time and this is the reason that it goes unnoticed. But there are specific types of food that make these changes very obvious. For example you begin to realize that you don’t absorb all the aromas of a red wine in a single sniff like you used to or you can’t taste the rich flavors of the age old white wine.
But this change does not occur with every individual as time goes by. There will be some lucky people out there whose sense of smell and taste will be preserved even in old age. And they will continue to enjoy their mozzarella in Singapore and wines together. Because these changes are highly individualized and you can’t generalize this decline in your power of sensation. And to give us a wholesome experience of the food and drink that we eat, it simply is not related only to taste and smell, you also need the ability to sense textures and visually appreciate what you are eating and drinking to give you that unforgettable experience.
But you will see older winemakers and sommeliers still using these deteriorating senses to taste and enjoy their wines and making critical decisions on depending on them. So this should give confidence for the aging population to continue to depend on their senses and not give up. It’s just that you might not pick up the subtle changes as quickly as you used, but with a few extra attempts you will definitely get there.