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Experts prescribe children's toys for Alzheimer's patients

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At Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care nursing home, a woman plays with a baby doll she named Titsy Witsy. Many people with late-stage Alzheimer's are comforted by children's dolls and toys. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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At Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care nursing home, the staff distribute baby dolls to comfort women with late-stage Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's nursing homes across the country use children's dolls and toys to comfort residents. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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Like many nursing homes, Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care uses children's toys to improve memory and comfort residents like this retired Marxism professor. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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At Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care, a home-care aide helps a retired Marxism professor with late-stage Alzheimer's play "treasure hunt," a game that involves a tub of shells, starfish, rocks and sand. The player is encourage to touch the objects usually in search of a treasure the home-care aide places under the sand. Children's games are used at nursing homes across the United States to comfort residents. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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At Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care, a home-care aide helps a retired Marxism professor with late-stage Alzheimer's use a children's game to tie a shoe lace, zip a coat and unbutton a pocket. Like many nursing homes, Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care uses children's toys to strengthen skills and comfort residents. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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A retired Marxism professor with late-stage Alzheimer's uses a children's game to work on tying a shoe lace, zipping a coat and unbuttoning a pocket. Like many nursing homes, Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care uses children's toys to strengthen memory and comfort residents. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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At Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care nursing home, a woman plays with a baby doll she named Titsy Witsy. Many people with late-stage Alzheimer's are comforted by children's dolls and toys. (Rebecca Rosenberg/CNS)

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There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, and many patients become agitated as their minds waste away. Many caregivers say that children's dolls, books and games can provide comfort.


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