Group uses baby dolls to comfort, aid Alzheimer’s patients

Two Kentucky women are giving baby dolls to people with Alzheimer's and dementia, helping them feel comforted and loved. Sandy Cambron and Shannon Gray Blair visit senior living facilities around the state and bring with them Pearl's Memory Babies.

The plush baby dolls help seniors living with dementia remember the feeling of parenthood, the pair told CBS News. Videos from their visits show some elderly people crying when a baby doll is placed in their arms. 

Cambron and Blair are co-workers who dedicate their free time to Pearl's Memory Babies, an organization named after Cambron's mother-in-law, according to CBS News.

Cambron came up with the idea 12 years ago when her mother-in-law died from Alzheimer's. "My husband and I knew how much the baby doll we had given her meant to her," she said. "So, at Christmas, instead of giving each other gifts, we bought baby dolls for different nursing homes and took them at Christmas time to the Alzheimer's patients, as our gift to each other."

The couple did this for several years, and then Blair joined the team. Blair's own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Cambron offered to give her a baby doll. "I didn't understand why Sandy wanted to give mom a baby doll," Blair said. Still, she decided to take Cambron up on her offer and brought a baby doll to her mom's nursing home.

"When I walked into the room with the baby doll, my mom's roommate just held out her hands and started crying and was way more emotional and way more involved," Blair said. "And when I came back to work I told Sandy, 'Now I know why you do this.'"

Read the full story at CBS News.


Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia , Uncategorized