When a relative gave a doll to a grandmother who'd had dementia for six years, her family was intrigued to see the elderly lady’s demeanor alter. She began caring for the doll. It was something for her to love.
“I don't know why she thought of this, but it has changed my grandmother's life for the better,” the lady’s granddaughter said on the Postize Facebook page.
My grandmother who has dementia"My grandmother has dementia, she has had it for 5-6 years and has not been happy in a...Posted by Postize on Sunday, September 27, 2015
My grandmother who has dementia"My grandmother has dementia, she has had it for 5-6 years and has not been happy in a...
“She cares for the doll like it's a real baby. She sings for him/her (sometimes it's a girl and other times it's a boy), she also brings it out to the other people in the home, and for most of them it has the same effect. I thought this was kinda cool."
It certainly is cool. It is also a well-researched and proven method of bringing comfort to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It is thought that people exhibiting stressed behavior have some universal emotional needs that are not being satisfied. Dolls give a person with dementia something to care for and this gives them a sense of purpose. Hugging their doll also gives them security and comfort much like a child and their toy.
After the pictures of their grandmother loving her baby doll were posted to Postize's Facebook page, other people flooded in with support for the family and shared their own images of the way their family members had formed bonds with dolls and taken great comfort from them.
--by Danielle Colley
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