Sensory System


Does the sense of taste diminish with age like the sense of smell?

The sense of taste diminishes with age, but not as significantly as the sense of smell. The number of taste buds begins to decrease around age 50 and, therefore, taste and flavor perception declines. According to one study, by age 60, most people have lost half of their taste buds. Perhaps this is why older people season their food rather heavily. Older people often lose their ability to sense bitter or salty flavors entirely.


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