Older women with dementia often become distressed and claim to be “looking for baby.” These women showed immediate relaxation and less agitation when given a soft toy doll wrapped in a simple flannel blanket.

As for men with dementia, many are comforted by a soft billfold that fits in their shirt pocket and contains a laminated picture of themselves, a loved one or both. Avoid anything with small writing, as that seems to confuse them. — Teresa Hartz, FNP, Henderson, Nev. (165-7, submitted via the web

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