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Do We Smell Our Age?

Study: Older People Have Special Scent, but It's Not as Unpleasant as Stereotype Implies

'Old Person's Smell': Perspective

The study confirms there is an ''old person's smell," says Jane Mohler, PhD, MPH, associate director of the Arizona Center on Aging, University of Arizona. She reviewed the findings for WebMD.

"But it also says the older person's smell was less intense and less unpleasant [than some other ages]," she says.

The odor associated with some older people, Mohler says, could have more to do with hygiene or diet habits or illness than physiology.

"We all know how sweet babies smell when they are clean," she says. And, she adds, we know how badly they can smell before a bath or a diaper change.

"Body odor changes [with age]," she says. "But body odor does not have to be bad as we age."

How to Age Fragrantly

For people getting older and fearing ''old person's smell," Lundstrom says don't worry.

"As long as one showers when one should shower and you air out your abode [where body odors can accumulate], you are good to go," he says.

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