Research has shown that some people living with dementia can derive enjoyment from holding or being with a doll or soft toy. It can remind them of a previous time when they had young children or a pet and can help to create feelings of reminiscence or affection.
The doll or soft toy can also help them to connect with the outside world. Some people with dementia enjoy the sensation of holding something soothing, and this in turn can help with increased activity levels.
This is particularly true where the person may not be engaging with others, or may be distressed or anxious. The therapy helps improve their well-being and ability to communicate.
The picture here is of Doll Therapy in action in our Willow Rose home.