Loss of Smell in Alzheimer's Disease?
Has anyone noticed this symptom (loss of smell) prior to the onset of Alzheimer's Disease? I have come across this in three cases--a cousin's husband, my neighbor's husband and my own husband. It seems to precede the Alzheimer's by several years. I read an article this week that they have found "loss of smell" in Schizophrenia. So the smell receptors must be near the areas that affect Alzheimers and Schizophrenia for that reason. My purpose in asking is: if researchers could confirm this link, perhaps family physicians might begin to treat Alzheimer's long before it would show symptoms, and the medications might be more effective. Just wondering. Annieil