By Anna Hazard
As we age, many people discover that their preferences for certain types of foods will wax or wane. This is particularly true with the elderly who may begin to lose their enjoyment of meals with a diminished ability to distinguish flavors.
People are normally born with 10,000+ tastebuds, a number which begins to significantly decline after age 50. This, compounded with a diminishing sense of smell as we grow older and with the declining production of saliva leads to a blunting effect upon the sense of taste
While this can be a normal part of the aging process, it could also be a symptom of something else, so please double check with your doctor for any sudden or gradual changes in taste or smell. Certain prescription medicines such as antibiotics, blood pressure maintainers, and antidepressants could also have the side effect of dysgeusia -- a bitter or salty taste in the mouth.
Further complications arise when it comes to trying to compensate for the loss in flavor due to the tendency of increased chance of diabetes or dietary restrictions in the elderly, especially as the sense of sweetness or saltiness tend to be the first to go.Taking all into consideration, keep these following tips and tricks in mind.