Dolls for Dementia
Organized by: Deborah Gubernick
Dolls helping to make end-of-life care better
June 16, 2017
People with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias often respond to dolls that remind them of babies. Through my project, Damenschen LLC, I purchase suitable realistic and life-sized dolls, dress them in second-hand baby clothes, and then deliver them to a dementia care facility to be used in doll therapy. I have seen women who were generally unresponsive to contact (smiles, greetings) light up when handed one of these dolls to hold. It is that kind of transformation–seeing their eyes bright, listening to them talking to the dolls, and then often watching them make sure that another woman also gets a chance to hold the doll–that is motivating me to expand Damenschen's reach. All of the money that I receive through Crowdrise will go toward buying dolls and clothing. One important aspect of my project is that I work to keep costs as low as possible. A $20.00 donation will buy one doll, and sometimes also one premie-sized outfit for the doll (the price of the dolls fluctuates a bit). Thank you for your interest and I hope you will consider making a donation!