Doll Therapy in Dementia Care

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Abstract

In light of the increasing population experiencing dementia it is not surprising that researchers and practitioners are increasingly interested in therapeutic ways to improve the quality of lives of people with dementia. The therapeutic use of dolls, for people with dementia, is one method that has been growing in recent years. Providing a doll to someone with dementia has been associated with a number of benefits which include: reduction in episodes of distress, increase in general well-being, improved dietary intake and higher levels of engagement with others. Despite some positive findings from empirical studies, there are some limitations to the practice of doll therapy.
The therapeutic use of dolls for people with dementia is a contentious issue. It can be argued that it fulfills the concepts of beneficence (promotes well-being) and respect for autonomy (as the person can freely decide to engage with dolls if they wish). However it can also be argued that doll therapy is unethical when consideration is given to dignity (in that people with dementia are encouraged to interact with dolls), veracity (as the health professional is usually encouraged to treat the doll like a real-life baby) and non-maleficence (considering the potential distress this therapy could cause for family members).
There is evidence to suggest that doll therapy in dementia care can be of benefit to some people with dementia. However in the absence of rigorous empirical evidence or legislative guidelines, it is a therapy that must be approached with a degree of caution.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 04 Nov 2015
EventUK Dementia Congress 2015 - Telford International Centre, Telford, United Kingdom
Duration: 03 Nov 201505 Nov 2015
http://www.careinfo.org/ukdc-2015/

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ConferenceUK Dementia Congress 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityTelford
Period03/11/201505/11/2015
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Dementia
Therapeutic Uses
Therapeutics
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Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Doll Therapy
  • Non-Pharmacological Interventions

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Mitchell, G. (2015). Doll Therapy in Dementia Care. Abstract from UK Dementia Congress 2015, Telford, United Kingdom.
Mitchell, Gary. / Doll Therapy in Dementia Care. Abstract from UK Dementia Congress 2015, Telford, United Kingdom.
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