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Crosscurrents

When make-believe play is real for Alzheimer’s patients

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Hugging a baby doll can sometimes soothe even the most upset toddler, and some researchers say it can do the same for adults with dementia. Doll therapy is catching on in nursing homes, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

STEPHANIE ZEVERINO: They are adults and we want to treat them like adults . . . These are very well-educated residents.

This story was reported by Kaiser Health News — a non-profit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. To read the full article, click here.