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What Makes Old People Smell Oldpeople-ish?  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

...it's something I've always wondered, and been brutally reminded of today.



A potential colleague of my client today is 83 years old... and he's got a stench powerful enough to peel the skin off of a potato. Poor Patrick keeps "forgetting" things outside of his office, so he can run out for fresh air every few minutes-- the rest of us have been making fun of him for about the last hour (they're still in there as I type this).

I just walk past this guy and got bitchslapped up the head with his funk, it's totally unreal. He's quite well-dressed, not unkepmt at all, nor is he poor by any stretch. He just friggin' REEKS!!! And the thing is, it's not B.O., in the form most of us know it. There's really no way to describe it other than old-people-funk.... we've all (unfortunately) smelled it before, just think back to your last time visiting a hospital or nursing home: the smell of pills & piss.
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  • That said, what do you think causes this?
  • Why does it appear unique to the elderly?
  • Why do not only the offenders, but those who spend time around them (i.e., this guy's wife is as old as he is, and she smells 100% normal, nor does she seem to be bothered in the least by him) seem immune?

    What say you?

  • 33 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
     
    User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5126 posts, RR: 34
    Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

    That's the formaldehyde. That's why Granny's so well-preserved.


    That'll teach you
    User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
    Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

    Ask Oldman55, he should know, he's old.


    LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
    User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
    Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

    The elderly often have trouble controlling their bladders, not by their own fault. You can probably take as much care as you want of yourself, wear absorbents (or whatever adult diapers are called euphemistically) and change your underwear frequently, but still be unable to get rid of that stench completely.

    Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 1):
    That's the formaldehyde. That's why Granny's so well-preserved.

    You know you've had a few too many anatomy classes if you know that can't be it. Big grin



    Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
    User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

    1 what the hell is that a picture of?

    2. I had this guy at work like that. He could walk past my office and leave a smell trail that would last for at least 10 minutes. I shit you not, I could open my door and I would know that he had walked by.


    User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
    Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

    Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 4):
    1 what the hell is that a picture of?

    Skunk



    LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5104 times:

    Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):
    A potential colleague of my client

    ...switch these two, it's my colleague's (now confirmed) client.


    User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5104 times:

    Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 5):
    Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 4):
    1 what the hell is that a picture of?

    Skunk

    When I saw that pic I thought I had accidentally opened the mullet thread.  Smile


    User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5104 times:

    It's probably a mix of all of the various ointments, liniments and lotions they use. Prep H mixed with Asorbine Jr., Epsom salts, Ben-Gay and so on (like the overdose of cologne/perfume) I believe are the ingredients in "old people smell". That's a scent you'll never see a tree air freshener of.

    User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17341 posts, RR: 46
    Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5087 times:

    Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):
    Why does it appear unique to the elderly?

    I seem to have some peers that have a similar, milder smell. It's the fragrance equivalent of "stale" or "1970s sofa". I'm afraid to ask mutual friends and I keep smelling myself to make sure it's not me Yeah sure.



    E pur si muove -Galileo
    User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3496 posts, RR: 4
    Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

    Most likely stuff they used to wear that no one except them wears today. Examples: Lavender fragrance, Vitalis, Brylcream, Old Spice deodorants, etc. Also, whatever ointments, liniments that they use can also smell. Also, old things just smell. Younger/middle age people don't use these things anymore so we're not used to it. Maybe if we went back to the 60s everyone would smell "old people-ish".

    [Edited 2007-05-10 22:21:59]


    Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
    User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 850 posts, RR: 2
    Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5055 times:

    When dipers have been on them way to long, and bedwounds are open...

    eeewwwwwwwwww

    Micke//  yuck 



    Airbus SAS - Love them both
    User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
    Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5050 times:

    Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 1):
    That's the formaldehyde. That's why Granny's so well-preserved.

    Mrs Doubtfire - shit, I haven't seen that film in many many years.


    User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5020 times:

    Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 7):
    Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 5):
    Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 4):
    1 what the hell is that a picture of?

    Skunk


    When I saw that pic I thought I had accidentally opened the mullet thread.

     rotfl   rotfl 


    Where is his stripe??


    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4988 times:

    Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 10):
    Maybe if we went back to the 60s everyone would smell "old people-ish".

    ...the human race would've ended if that were the case.


    User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
    Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4980 times:

    1. Their own sense of smell is failing and they cannot detect their own odor.

    2. They tend to bathe less often because it can be difficult.

    3. They are not as active, so they believe they do not sweat.

    4. Their clothes are not washed as often and tend to be worn more than once.



    Excuse me ... I need to go get some air.



    Blank.
    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

    Quoting Diamond (Reply 15):
    2. They tend to bathe less often because it can be difficult.

    Hmm, hadn't considered this one... good point.

    Quoting Diamond (Reply 15):
    Excuse me...

    Why, you farted?
    Then again, you veg types do quite a bit o' that, no?

    Quoting Diamond (Reply 15):
    I need to go get some air.

    ...guess that answers that question 

    [Edited 2007-05-11 00:36:38]

    User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
    Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4953 times:

    Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 2):
    Ask Oldman55, he should know, he's old.

    I'm about 200 years older than Oldman55.

    Signed,
    Skidmarks

     duck 


    User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
    Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

    Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):

    Its a bath powder created by our very own oldman55. Its name "Essence of Oldy" by Oldman55.  Big grin  duck 



    Hussel, Hussel, Husel, Grind, Grind, Grind
    User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
    Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4903 times:

    What smells like dogfood???




    .......





    ......






    A pensioners fart!!


    Crass, but quality


    User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4898 times:

    If you think that walking by some old dude is bad, just think of Larry King's much younger wife.

    She has to blow that old dude every night to earn her keep.

    Just think how bad that must reek.


    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4847 times:

    Quoting Jaysit (Reply 20):
    She has to blow that old dude every night to earn her keep.

    oh please, mine had her beat by 20yrs and half a billion

    Signed,
    ~ANS


    User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1524 posts, RR: 32
    Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

    Quoting LTU932 (Reply 17):
    Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 2):
    Ask Oldman55, he should know, he's old.

    I'm about 200 years older than Oldman55.

    Signed,
    Skidmarks

    Actually I am about 5 years older than Skids and I
    have no idea what you all are talking about!!!!  Yeah sure



    too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
    User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
    Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4805 times:

    Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):
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    # That said, what do you think causes this?
    # Why does it appear unique to the elderly?
    # Why do not only the offenders, but those who spend time around them (i.e., this guy's wife is as old as he is, and she smells 100% normal, nor does she seem to be bothered in the least by him) seem immune?

    > old people often are too much indoors, AND tend to use clothes out of anti-moth treated places
    > old people use toilet articles which were "en vogue" in the 1920ies and 1930ies and 1940ies
    > those who often are together with old people get used to that "smell" and possibly automatically open windows when being in the homes of them
    ** strange is that old people smell in such a way who for decades opposed exactly this particular smell
    -


    User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4801 times:

    Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 2):
    Ask Oldman55, he should know, he's old.

    I was going to suggest asking the Queen of England. She's been around since 1776 at least.  wink   duck 


    25 Copaair737 : The smell of human excrement. That's what causes it. -Copa
    26 Post contains images IAH777 : My wife's grandmother used to bake cookies that absorbed the stench of mothballs. I didn't even know moths had balls. Guess they'd have to. Must be ve
    27 ME AVN FAN : Not really. As it also occurs with elderly people who have this aspect nicely under control. But simply apply toiletry of the 1960ies for a day, and
    28 Post contains images AndesSMF : You are all wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!! Old people smell for the simple reason that their insides are slowly spoiling. I see, the sense of smell is failing alr
    29 Post contains images Scooter01 : Chanel #5 -sorry, could not resist Scooter
    30 Nosedive : ...oldspice? filler
    31 Post contains images SandroZRH : Exactly what i was gonna post
    32 Post contains images Falcon84 : Actualy, I think you found the problem, right there.
    33 Post contains images Kieron747 : Harsh, I love it! Signed, Mattlad and
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