Smell 'alarm' prompts dementia sufferers to eat

People with dementia often forget to eat and drink regularly, which can increase their delirium and lead to rapid weight loss.

The aroma of Coronation chicken, fish and chips, and Bakewell tart could be pumped into the rooms of dementia sufferers to help their appetites, as part of a plan to make their lives easier.

Ben Davies, managing director of Rodd, a Hampshire-based design agency, said sending out brief bursts of strong aromas from the 'Ode' plug-in device at mealtimes stimulated people's appetites and "reconnected" them to food.