Using puppets to interact with residents in memory car, or who have dementia, can be an invaluable way to help them look at things differently, encourage social interaction, and help express emotions that may be dormant.
Some might think puppetry to be 'childish' of 'juvenile'. Rest assured that this thinking is unguided because it fails to recognize that the minds of people in memory care operate differently than most, relying more on emotion and story to interact with the world.
That is exactly what puppetry achieves, interacting with memory care residents on their level.
The following are 10 benefits of puppets for those with dementia (by Home Care Assistance):
Remember, the beauty of a puppet is that the story you tell with it is way more important than the puppet itself!
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