Dolls bring de­men­tia re­lief

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East Lon­don lo­cal Son­nette Stander started an ini­tia­tive of col­lect­ing dolls for peo­ple who have de­men­tia, af­ter see­ing her mother who is a res­i­dent at the Lily Kirschman Home.

“Ev­ery time I see my mom, I’m so aware of how all these peo­ple are look­ing so lonely and sad. I de­cided to buy my mom a doll which is sim­i­lar to a baby. I thought, I’ve got noth­ing to lose.

“When I went there the next day, the nurse said my mom loved the doll and with a big smile she told me I had cre­ated a prob­lem, be­cause but some of other res­i­dents also wanted a ‘baby’.”

Stander then went back to buy more dolls for the res­i­dents.

“When the staff gave them to the res­i­dents, it was with much emo­tion that I re­alised they all want a ‘baby’ to take care of, hold and love. I de­cided that my com­pany could donate a fur­ther five more dolls,” she said.

“I must say one of the things that I would love to see hap­pen­ing for fam­i­lies liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas who do not have the means to put their el­derly in fa­cil­i­ties such as Lily Kirschmann, is the dona­tion of dolls, fid­get blan­kets, cush­ions or even cer­tain types of toys, such as plas­tic stack­ing cups or rings. It pro­vides some much-needed stim­u­la­tion,” said Stander.


CAR­ING SOUL: Son­nette Stander with her mother, Miems Hat­tingh, 87, at Lily Kirschmann Home

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