Feb 24 Care Mission

Care Challenge: Trick Your Taste Buds

This challenge can trick you into thinking an apple and onion taste the same.
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As we age, our sense of taste naturally diminishes. It can impact a senior’s appetite and nutrition, especially if food no longer tastes appealing. This Care Challenge will show you what it may be like if you can’t rely on your sense of taste.

How to Trick Your Taste Buds


  • 1 apple
  • 1 onion
  • Paring knife
  • Cutting board
  • 1 pair of nose plugs
  • 1 blindfold
  • 1 assistant (optional)


  1. Using the paring knife and cutting board, cut the apple and onion into identical bite-size slices. Put the knife and cutting board away when finished.
  2. Place the sliced apple and onion pieces in front of you, within reach.
  3. Plug your nose with the nose plug. If you don’t have a nose plug, simply hold your nose during the exercise.
  4. Put on your blindfold.
  5. If you have an assistant, have them mix up the apple and onion slices so you don’t know which one is which.
  6. Pick up the slice on the left and taste it.
  7. Next, pick up the slice on the right and taste it.
  8. Remove your blindfold and nose plug.

What did you taste? Could you tell which was the onion and which was the apple? Without your sense of smell, was your sense of taste diminished?

Share your experience in the comments.

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Community Comments

  1. There’s no way that I will use an onion raw to check my taste buds. That’s just nasty ?

    6 Missions Completed
  2. My husband says I have an unbelievable sense of smell! I am going to pass on this experiment! I have a wonderful sense of smell and taste, maybe too good!

    Nancy Cooksey
    54 Missions Completed
  3. I can tell the difference between the onion and the apple.

    8 Missions Completed
  4. what can be done to increase their appetite

    3 Missions Completed
  5. Wow! Why don’t you just tell us what to do to help our seniors with their appetites… I certainly don’t see the point of me tasting an onion (as raw onions are disgusting to me!) for any reason, so I too will pass on this mission as it seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me. Maybe next time you can just give us advice on how to help our beloved seniors, like you usually do. As I have really loved all your missions with the exception of this one!

    42 Missions Completed
  6. Taste buds essentially will diminish as we get older and food wont taste as good. Some times we have to put other things in our food so we have a little taste. We tried sugar in a lot of food so it would taste sweet. A lot of seniors like sweet things. Even putting a little chocolate helps too. Try it some time. It really does work

    17 Missions Completed
  7. Thanks for the Challenge with the Apple&Onion,because I believe this will help my client with her taste bud,truly I will let you know what happens.Thank you!!

    6 Missions Completed
  8. Even with a blind fold you can distinguish the difference between the two.

    8 Missions Completed
  9. Really!?
    That seems strange & kinda cruel

    2 Missions Completed
  10. I assisted a senior with his groceries yesterday. I pushed them to his care and loaded them. It does a heart GOOD! He was very appreciative and so was I. ❤️

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