Bronx senior home brings residents back to ballgame

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A senior living community in the Bronx is using a sensory-based activity to jog the memories of its residents. 

At the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, residents have been getting a whiff of the past by using the home's scent kiosk.

VIDEO: More from the Hebrew Homes scent kiosk

The kiosk gives residents the opportunity to smell items typically found at a baseball game.

With the push of a button, their olfactory systems are lit up with scents of beer, popcorn, leather mitts, grass, soda pop and even hot dogs.

The smells promise trips down memory lane, as New Yorkers young and old usher in a new baseball season.

"It can really transport them back to a place and time. For our residence, many of them remember going to Yankee Stadium throughout their lives so being able to relive it and revisit that through their imagination to the connection to scent has been really special," Therapeutic Arts Director Mary Farkas says.

Experts say smell may be more closely linked with memory than of any other sense.

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