Duos dolls, stuffed animals bring enrichment, connection to Kentucky Alzheimer’s patients

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (WKYT) – Taking care of baby dolls and stuffed animals may seem like child’s play, but for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia, it's a proven form of therapy.

Sandy Cambron and Shannon Gray travel to different nursing homes, bringing their babies to seniors battling Alzheimer's and dementia. (Photo: WKYT)

With the potential to produce some powerful reactions, there are few things more precious than puppies and babies.

From jubilation to tears of joy, a full range of emotion was on display at the Windsor Care Center in Mount Sterling, thanks to a visit from Sandy Cambron and Shannon Gray.

Like many of Friday's recipients, Sandy's mother in law, Pearl, had a tough battle with Alzheimer's.

In her final days, it was a doll that brought her the most joy and comfort.

Sandy created "Pearl's Memory Dolls" in her honor.

When she isn't busy working a full-time job, she's typically traveling to nursing homes, but she isn't alone thanks to a converted co-worker, Shannon.

Shannon's mom was one of the first recipients of a memory doll, and at first, she admits she was skeptical.

But seeing her mom love on that baby made her a believer in Sandy's mission: delivering babies to nurturers, and puppies to those longing for one last pet.

‘Pearl’s Memory Babies’ depends entirely on donations.  To support the cause, visit their GoFundMe page here.

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