A group in Kentucky is donating hundreds of dolls to Alzheimer’s patients as a form of therapy. Pearl’s Memory Babies was launched after its founder,Sandy Cambron,saw the impact had on her mother-in-law,Pearl, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Cambron says Pearl brought her “baby” everywhere she went and began talking again once she had the doll. That inspired her to start the nonprofit and so far, they’ve given away more than 300 dolls to nursing homes for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Doll therapy can help ease anxiety for these patients and some research suggests it can improve communication as well.
“I had no idea that it would take off like this,” Cambron explains. “It’s a simple idea, but it works.”
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