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POWELL, Tenn. — Morning Pointe of Powell resident Ruth Simpson enjoys sweet moments in the newly decorated nursery at the assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community. The space evokes the fond memories of parenthood for many Morning Pointe residents, who enjoy cradling the lifelike babies who slumber there as part of the Cuddle Therapy program.

The senior community is home to Gigibean Sprout Dolls — specially created dolls that look, feel and even smell like real babies. The dolls are designed to bring a sense of calmness and purpose to residents in the Lantern memory care community, while reducing anxiety, distress, withdrawal and communication difficulties.

Cuddle Therapy is a recognized beneficial program for Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss with a goal of enhancing the quality of life for the residents.

Photo: Ruth Simpson, Morning Pointe of Powell resident, cradles a Gigibean Sprout doll in the nursery at the assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community.