Scents And Alzheimer's Disease

Could the scent of grapefruit and frankincense help improve the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and Dementia? That's the purpose of a 20 week study conducted by East Carolina University recreational therapist professor David Loy. Along with an aromatherapist, Loy is monitoring the therapeutic effects of the scent on patients, who exhibit signs of agitation and confusion. Loy hopes the study will help improve the lives of these patients and provide alternatives to psychotropic medications. Loy received a grant close to $21,000 from ECU and hopes the results will help explore new ways to help curb the effects of this disease.