The use of therapies for dementia, as yet have not found to cure the effects, but can certainly help the person live a relatively normal life, and carry on doing the things they like to do. One resident at Sussex Grange has dementia, and the carers were struggling to engage with her. One of the team at Sussex Grange suggested the use of dolls in order to give the resident a sense of purpose to her day and to hopefully rekindle some nice memories of her own children. The results have been amazing to watch the difference in behaviour since having the responsibility of looking after the dolls. The babies are looked after by not just this one resident but many others if they fancy it. This type of therapy is relatively new and there are few trials about the benefit to dementia patients. The main purpose of the dolls is to remove distress and offer comfort to the resident if she needs it. You can read a great article about doll therapy here.
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