Supporters say the dolls can lessen distress, improve communication and reduce the need for psychotropic medication. Critics say the dolls are demeaning and infantilize seniors.
“They are adults and we want to treat them like adults,” says Stephanie Zeverino, who works in community relations at a Belmont Village center in Los Angeles. “These are very well-educated residents.”
When I read a quote like this, I think it reflects the biases of the observer, not the realities of declining mental health. If I ever get old and crazy… let me enjoy it.