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Dolls help Alzheimer's patients

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An inexpensive treatment is making a difference for some Alzheimer's patients and their families.

For patients with Alzheimer's, moments of rest can be hard to find. Now medical teams are trying a new therapy using dolls. So Jackie's medical team tried a new therapy.

Nurse Angie Filipiak started giving dolls to her patients last week. She said for many it gave them purpose. The more life-like the doll the better.

Some sleep with the dolls, others treat them as if they are real.

"I think it does bring them back to caring for their children, maybe. For some, they knew it wasn't a real baby, but it still comforted them," said Filipiak.

Medical experts said, at times, the dolls can even replace other traditional treatments, like restraints and medications.

Find more on this NBC story here.

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