ode is a fragrance-release system designed to stimulate appetite among people with dementia. The unit releases three food fragrances a day, adjustable to coincide with the user’s mealtimes. Scents have been developed specially for ode, in conjunction with a leading fragrance laboratory and in response to workshop feedback. Users can choose their preferred scents at installation. Fragrances are released in short sharp bursts, acting as a strong appetite trigger and then dissipating rapidly so users won’t become inured to the effect. The ode project is supported through the Living well with dementia Design Challenge, a competition run by the Design Council and the Department of Health to rethink life with dementia.