Two Southern Oregon Businesses Providing Therapy Dolls to Patients with Alzheimer’s

One family got to see the benefits of the doll first hand.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 7:23 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- There are around 44 million people in the world living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. That's according to Alzheimer’s news today.

Two southern Oregon businesses joined forces to improve the lives of Alzheimer’s patients in Grants Pass.

Team senior referral services and home instead senior care are helping to launch the Alzheimer’s doll therapy program in Grants Pass.

On Wednesday they gave free therapy dolls to people living with Alzheimer’s.
"It's taking that maternal instinct that all women have and it giving it back to them when they are withdrawn typically,” said Corey Donovan Franchise Owner of Home Instead Senior Care of Southern Oregon.

That’s exactly what happened for Nyla Gunderson. She was diagnosed with dementia back in 2014.
“What I noticed right away was the soundtrack. The music in the background and seeing that mom loved that baby just like some kind of a thing", Said Rob Gunderson, Nyla’s son.

If you want to purchase a therapy doll you can visit teamsenior.org

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