Assabet students host a Dolls for Dementia drive

Tutor (from left) Kathy Faddoul, James Regan of Marlborough, Shayla Drouin from Hudson, Gianna Meninno of Marlborough, Attie Tardif of Hudson, and principal tutor Kathy Regan.
Photo / Cindy Zomar

According to Cindy Zomar, Contributing Writer

Marlborough – Kathy Faddoul, nurse tutor in the Health Technologies program at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, brings her junior to their clinical practice in Coleman House in Northborough, and noted that a death toll could alleviate anxiety for some of the residents. .

“It helped them to be less worried,” she explained. “They were seen to be very happy to eat dolls, and they didn't seem to have had enough to go around. After doing some research, we started 'Dolls for Dementia' and this is our third year. We learned that there are no dolls for everyone, and we only give one person to a resident. We put them down beside us as we deal with them. Eventually they can touch the doll, and then pick it up and relieve. It is so heartening to see the happiness that the dolls bring. One resident placed a recess on three dolls, telling us how much she loved them, and they liked it. "
Faddoul students quickly agreed.

“They might lose their grandchildren and they think they're watching the day,” said Gianna Meninno.

According to the executive office of Elder Affairs, in Massachusetts, it is estimated that the population will grow 65 and older to 21 percent in 2030, resulting in an increase in dementia or Alzheimer's cases. Dementia is a collection of signs such as error, impaired judgment, reasoning loss, and communication difficulties. Alzheimer's is a terminal disease with no known cure or diagnosis, and the most common type of dementia. There are 5.8 million people suffering from Alzheimer's worldwide. Alzheimer's is the sixth cause of death in this country, but death statistics for heart disease have decreased by nine per cent between the years 2000 and 2017, while in the same period, deaths were increased by 145 per cent. Alzheimer's.

“Research is focused on plaques and exposures, but we need to research more things like blood sugar and how diet and lifestyle might cause a person's probability to develop Alzheimer's,” t Faddoul explained. “And we all need to be giving those who have memory problems more good.” T

She noted that Marlborough, Hudson and Northborough are dementia friendly towns, which provide an education program for public places such as restaurants and banks to help employees develop strategies to deal with their visually impaired clients.

“My students visited the other 16 technical programs here to teach them how to tackle kindness, knowing that many of them will deal with the community as part of their career. We had an event at Assabet called Me Meet Me at the Movies' where we showed film clips from the classics and then we had a discussion and even a dance, ”said Faddoul. “Then we provided lunch in our Epicurean restaurant… providing a menu with fewer options and the staff staying trained to give guests extra time to react and interact with lots of kindness. It was great! The students had learned concrete strategies to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of Alzheimer's. ”

Dolls will be collected during the rest of the school year and may be left in the front office of the school at 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough. Faddoul is organizing a team for the Alzheimer Walk to End in September at Quinsigamond Community College. For more information on how to join or donate, contact Faddoul at [email protected] or 508-485-9430, ext. 2876.

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