For some time now I had been hearing about the benefits of reborn dolls for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients. It seems that holding a reborn doll can calm them to the point of being able to communicate and take instruction. There are many great articles on the internet that give information about this. Here is a link to one: http://ezinearticles.com/?Alzheimer-Patients-and-Reborn-Dolls&id=2777224
In 2011 I had the great privilege of donating a reborn baby to our new St. Mary's Center for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care. It is a beautiful facility and you can see more about it here: http://www.stmarysathens.com/services/alzheimers_dementia_care.html
This article was published in 2011 on the St. Mary's Foundation Annual Newsletter. (Here is a link to the Foundation web page. I was so proud to see them make mention of the doll therapy! http://stmarysathens.org/about/foundation.html Click on the tab Annual Publication to read their current great articles)
Since the newsletter changes annually I have copied and pasted the article below to save for future reference.
Doll Therapy:A Special Kind of Caring“St. Mary’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care is implementing a special kind of therapy using handmade newborn baby dolls to stimulate and connect with residents battling Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. St. Mary’s Center for