Baby Dolls Crafted for dementia and the Elderly
Last January, I wrote an article about the elderly, especially those with dementia, my mom included, and their love for babies. Actually, my story goes back to my Grandmother on my mother’s side
I was a young girl of eight or nine when my grandmother passed away. We lived far away, so except for summer vacations, I seldom saw her.
The last three years of her life were spent in a nursing home and I knew little of those days until my teen years. Then, my mother shared with me how horrendous the end of my grandmother’s life had been.
In late stage dementia, my Grandmother paced the halls of a nursing home looking for a newborn baby she was certain she had birthed. She pined away for this little baby that surely needed nursing. She was so devastated that she mourned for this baby until her death.
As my own mother entered her final years with dementia, I was careful to watch for this same need. She loved babies and would turn to follow every baby stroller we met while out shopping.
I did make certain that Mom had plenty of soft life-like-baby dolls, and she would cuddle them as though they were newly born. I was so thankful that she had been spared the sorrow and crisis that my Grandmother had endured.
If you have a loved one with dementia who likes baby dolls, I hope this video will help you see and understand how satisfying it can be for someone with dementia.