For those who love someone with dementia, bearing witness to their relative’s agitation and anxiety can be a devastating experience. Research has shown that doll therapy tips the balance towards positive behaviors, reducing instances of negative behaviors in dementia patients. Doll therapy is sometimes referred to as cuddle therapy. This alternative therapy enhances well-being and reduces memory loss-related psychological symptoms and other mental health issues. While there are many different kinds of recreation therapy, it is known that doll therapy provides some of the most therapeutic benefits. It works simply, and, for many Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, this therapy safely and effectively eases distress and anxiety.
Why Cuddle Therapy?
While sometimes controversial, one of the most innovative ways to reach patients who are locked in a world of Dementia is cuddle therapy. There are no drugs or surgeries needed for this treatment method just life-like baby dolls. Despite the controversy, cuddle therapy has proven to provide people with a plethora of benefits through natural means. The reasons why this therapy works is because it gives distraught people something positive to focus on. When people are cuddling a doll, it brings back happy memories of early parenthood for both women and men.