We have a baby station at work where we keep baby dolls for residents who believe that they are real. Some residents cuddle, talk to, and try to feed the babies. The residents also greatly value the snacks they get after meals. Today I walked by the station to find a cup of peaches, the snack residents got after lunch, sitting in front of the baby on his highchair table. Someone gave their precious snack away to a hungry baby.
Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.
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