"Someone to Love" Therapy Dolls
Therapy dolls have a remarkable effect on women (and men) in the middle and later stages of Alzheimer's disease. They are calming, soothing and bring the person back to a time in their life when they felt useful and had a sense of purpose; when caring for a young family member was the #1 priority. Alzheimer’s doll therapy helps patients escape from a world where someone is always caring for them.
Giving someone a "baby" doll brings them back to that safe and secure time in their life. These sweet little babies are very special, bringing pleasure to anyone who holds them. Their beautiful faces and cuddly bodies can help but make you smile.
Dementia care is never easy, but seeing the joy that these dolls bring turns therapy into a rewarding experience that enriches the lives of everyone involved.
They weigh three pounds and are about 17 inches long.
...click here to read our article, "Learning About Doll Therapy"
Baby Priscilla is the cat’s meow in her sporty pink and gray multi-layered leggings. Her blue eyes shine as she looks into the mirror and sees her cute self. She loves the hooded vest with the kitten ears the best, although the fuzzy cat pocketbook is really neat. A purr-fectly sweet little girl in a three ruffle skirt and matching warm pants, she is ready for anything.
"My mother is in an advanced stage of Alzheimers. Her doll is her constant companion. In my mother's mind, the doll is a living being. She cuddles it, talks to it, and exhibits less fearfulness at night when she sleeps with the doll. The familiar occupation of caring for "Little Debbie" seems to remind my mother of her role as an adult. The reduced level of agitation, and even more importantly, the comfort and happiness "Little Debbie" has brought my mother only makes me sad that I did not get her a doll sooner." Jill - Caregiver for her Mother