Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are horrendous maladies. They affect the minds of those who have it and the spirit of those who must stand by and watch their loved ones dwindle away. There is no cure or remedy. Your best hope is to try to minimize the effects. You want to keep your loved one as calm and contented as possible. One way you may be able to accomplish this is with a therapy doll. Here are a few ways it can help. If your loved one is experiencing these symptoms, consider finding a place with therapy dolls for sale.
Sometimes, a person with dementia or Alzheimer's is frustrated and confused. He or she does not know what to do or how to act. If they have a therapy doll, they can hold it, hug it, cuddle with it. This often calms and relaxes the patient. You may find them rocking the doll and singing to it.
The act of holding and hugging the doll may bring back memories of when the patient was a parent. This can be a good time to sit and talk with him or her. Asking about the family and children. This type of interaction will make your loved one happy and keep him or her entertained for a while. Talking like this will also bring a smile to your face. You may learn things about a parent you never knew before. This time together, without stress, will give you a respite from the bad times due to the disease.
Part of the anger and outbursts the patient has is due to feeling unneeded. Your parent is lost in his or her own mind some times, but then will have times when he or she is aware of what is going on. Having a therapy doll can help bridge these times. The patient may care for the doll as if it were a live baby. This will provide the feeling of being needed and wanted.
Therapy dolls do not work for everyone. You should not force the doll into your loved one's hands, but set it in the room and see if he or she goes to it. If there is a positive response to the doll you need to take cues from your parent as to how to act, interact, or talk about it. Watch how the patient interacts and uses the doll and follow suit. A therapy doll could be the thing that allows you to maintain communications with your parent.