My mother in law has Alzheimer’s, and mother had dementia. After my mother passed away in early 2016, I decided to use my expertise as a scent developer and create the Essential Awakenings Smelling Sessions at senior centers and Assisted Living Communities For Memory Care. My 60+ sessions evolved into manufacturing smell and memory kits for families, caregivers and communities to help enrich the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s . The smelling sessions and their smell prompts help elicit conversation, engage seniors in their own istorytelling and the recall of memories through the sense of smell. My business plan and product garnered a regional award by the SBA in Stamford, CT in the InnovateHER2017 competition.