In the United States alone it is estimated that there are 5 million individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. How bad is 5 million? That translates to 1 out of 8 senior citizens diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and 1 out of 3 senior citizens dying as a result of the disease.
Currently there are still a lot of unknown factors when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Every day, new things are being discovered, proved, and disproved. However, one trending topic when it comes to the management of Alzheimer’s is the introduction of reborn dolls, our beloved fake babies. As such, this article will discuss the claims that reborn dolls help in treating Alzheimer’s.
Reborn dolls, for those of you who are still unfamiliar with those creations, are extremely lifelike baby dolls. In fact, most individuals would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a reborn and a real baby. These dolls are either bought as is, or you can purchase a kit and then make your own (for more info about this, be sure to check out our guide on how to make reborns). The process is painstakingly long, time-consuming, and sometimes expensive… but still totally worth it!
The average price of a reborn can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand; depending on how lifelike the doll is and the amount of work that went into creating it. It can be bought online, within select circles, fairs, conventions, etc.
Can Reborn Dolls Help in Treating Alzheimer’s?
The word treatment must be qualified. This means proper management of the disease; with the possibility of lessening and/or slowing down the degradation of the patient’s condition. This form of therapy works best with women suffering from Alzheimer’s with dementia. This is especially true during the initial stages.
Basis for the Claim?
Doctors and/or specialists tell family members to keep the patient moving and thinking. This helps reduce stress and degradation of brain functions. Instead of doing nothing all day, a reborn baby can keep the patient busy in providing basic care. The patient can also exercise and walk the baby. All the while singing lullabies or talking to the him. These serve as memory triggers.
Some hospitals and/or homes have their own reborn nursery. They schedule a time for each patient to visit and care for a reborn child. In some homes, Alzheimer’s patients are even given their own reborn. At the very least, it keeps the patient happy. Just like a child is happy pretending to play mommy, an Alzheimer’s patient is able to re-live the happiest moments of motherhood.
This may not cure Alzheimer’s BUT there have been instances wherein the progression of the disease was slowed down. Even if it will not work for some patients, all you have to do is see the smile on their faces while caring for the reborn child to make it all worth it. Simply put, it gives patients something to look forward to, something to strive for, something to ground them in reality.
As mentioned earlier, there are no conclusive studies to prove or disprove the positive effects of reborn babies to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s. At best this is a way to manage the disease, not cure it.