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Posted by Nat on September 01, 2000 at 04:21:37:

In Reply to: Re: Doll therapy posted by Pat Whildin on August 31, 2000 at 11:43:19:

: I have heard that there is such a thing as doll therapy for people with Alzheimer's. Can manyone provide information on this therapy? As far as I know it involves the person with Alzheimer's caring for the doll and provides them with comfort.

: : Thank you

: I have worked with people with Alzheimer's Disease for 12 years and if you ever witnessed one of my residents singing, cooing, interacting with the life-like doll, you would know that it does work. Many of our ladies were homemakers and their number one priorities were family. It was a time in their life when they were useful and had a sense of purpose. Giving someone a "doll" brings them back to that safe and secure time in their life. We must join them on their journey, not ours!!! My most successful day was when a residents' forty year old son brought his mother her own "doll" because she kept taking all the babies to her room. He wanted her to have her own!
: I also have a bassinet, baby clothes, and other related items. We all "ohh and ahh" over baby clothing, so why not put them in the dryer to heat them up and let the residents help you fold the clothes! What a wonderful way to spend thirty minutes reminiscing about our "babies".
: I could go on and on with all the ways to Join the residents Journey!!!!!!!
: Have fun with this idea, and your residents will also!!!!!

Thank you for your feedback Pat.

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