Complete Guide to Doll Therapy for People Living With Alzheimer's

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period08 Jun 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleComplete Guide to Doll Therapy for People Living With Alzheimer's
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEveryday Health
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionOf all the non-drug interventions used to help people with Alzheimer’s dementia — such as art therapy, animal therapy, gardening therapy, and music therapy — doll therapy stands out as uniquely controversial.

    Used in some nursing homes and memory-care units at senior living facilities, doll therapy involves giving a person with dementia a doll to hold as if it were a baby. Residents might rock the doll, sing to it, and cuddle it. Staff might bring out dolls for residents to share during supervised sessions or give a resident their own doll to keep nearby day and night.
    Producer/AuthorEveryday Health (Pamela Kaufman)
    PersonsGary Mitchell


  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Doll Therapy
  • Older People
  • Care Homes
  • Non-Pharmacological Interventions