New studies are finding that cuddling may actually do more for us than we think. Doctors working on trials in Canada have identified a specific hormone that is released during close contact with loved ones (especially prevalent in mothers with infants) called Oxytocin. The hormone has been found to have a direct effect on emotions and can lead to changes such as increased generosity and lessening fearfulness.
A group of patients are currently undergoing tests with Oxytocin to monitor its effect on their brain cell activity, which may lead to it being used for people with dementia to help with altered personality changes.
Cuddling And Dementia | The Benefits
Activities to Share work closely with dementia specialists and already supply a range of products specially designed to encourage the cuddling instinct. Our Empathy dolls are the size and weight of a real infant and help bring back memories of motherhood. Our Joanna doll is a soft-bodied doll with eyes that close who comes complete with a dummy and is just the right size to fit snugly into the crook of your arm – we even have a beautiful wicker pram for those who want to show her off!
For anyone who prefers to cuddle a four-legged friend, our Interactive Plush Puppy is just the thing, his lifelike sounds and adorable expression make him a real winner with everyone. For a quieter ‘pet’, try our Precious Petz range of pups and cats that actually ‘breathe’ while curled up on your lap.
Twiddle Muff Comforters also provide great comfort to older people or people with a dementia, for example Alzheimer's. Each carries a range of attachments for restless hands to plait, thread or roll in addition to stroking the furry fabric animal head. See our latest catalogue or website for our full range.