Baby Doll therapy has been found useful providing comfort for Alzheimer’s patients in western Massachusetts.
The Leavitt Family Jewish Home in Longmeadow, an organization called Reborn with Reason, provides Alzheimer’s patients with life-like dolls that even weigh as much as a newborn.
“They cuddle our babies, hold them, sing to them and it’s just great therapy,” said Reborn with Reason founder Jamie Beebe. “It brings them back to a time in life, they’re reminded of having children of their own.”
Because they’re made to appear so life-like, each baby dolls retails for $200.
On Monday, Alzheimer’s patient Sandra Greenberg received a donated baby doll from the Chicago based Ashton Drake doll company. Mrs. Greenberg’s response to the gift delighted her daughter.
“Anyone who comes to see their mom here, to see your mom happy absolutely,” Candace Weiner told 22News.
Volunteers from Reborn with Reason visit memory loss patients throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.
They’re convinced the pleasure derived from the baby dolls can be an effective and comforting form of therapy.