Cuddle Therapy Soothes the Seniors
As you might remember from your childhood, there is something unquestionably soothing about interacting with your favorite dolls or action figures. That effect does not stop at childhood and is especially beneficial for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s. According to DailyCaring, “Similar to the effect of soft toys like stuffed animals, hugging something soft helps someone with dementia soothe themselves.” Older adults who respond well to cuddle therapy tend to make interacting with baby dolls a part of their daily routine in their senior communities that they get to eagerly look forward to for therapeutic relief.
Cuddle Therapy Takes Them Back to a Happy Place
For memory care patients who may have either had children themselves or always wanted to be a parent, cuddle therapy is a great outlet. There is something so innately natural about nurturing for something that appeals to everyone, especially senior citizens. The Guardian notes that, “It brings back happy memories of parenthood and of being useful and needed.” Additionally, cuddle therapy allows seniors with dementia to enjoy things they used to enjoy as a child while doing those things with their baby doll.