Reborn Dolls are very popular as Collectors Items. A truly professional artist can create an extremely lifelike doll that matches a human baby in almost every detail. In July 2008, police in Queensland, Australia smashed a car window to rescue what seemed like an unconscious baby only to find it was a reborn doll.
The craft of making these dolls began in the United States in the early 1990s. Depending on craftsmanship, they range in price from $50 – $4,000.
They can add joy to a family setting, can find their way into various collections and can also become a valuable investment.
However, there is one other benefit that is, maybe, even more important than the above. A Reborn Doll can be used in Therapy in Aged Care facilities and in particular for residents suffering from Dementia. They are sometimes called “memory” babies.
It is valuable to recognize the contribution of reborn dolls in the therapy of Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers. There have been quite a few accounts and experiences when doll-use in dementia and Alzheimer’s therapy in recent years produced positive effects.
- Reduction of dependency of patients to psychotropic medications.
- Reduction of the patients’ withdrawal
- An aid to improve communication between the patient and the carer.
- Patients became calm and more open to communicate with others.
Female dementia patients have exhibited the better response to reborn dolls. The dolls help them recollect the days when they were housewives and are very productive. Usually, female dementia patients consider themselves still young and this will bring back their parental memories as they adopt the dolls. It will revive happy moments of being productive, useful, being loved, and being able to love.
This sort ofl therapy is commonly introduced in the early and middle stages of the Alzheimer’s disease. This is done so that the patient will be accustomed to the doll. As the disease progresses, the patient will be bonded with the doll.
The patient will enjoy naming the doll and changing its clothes. As the therapy evolves, the patient will communicate with the doll and find comfort in its presence.
Reborn therapy is not a cure to dementia and Alzheimer’s but is a useful treatment strategy to make the patient more comfortable and make communication easier. It can also provide the patient with the sense of self-worth and belonging.
Best of all, Aoridolls‘ reborn babies will never grow up, never move away, and never wake you up in the middle of the night for a baby bottle because they are hungry!