I went to visit my Dad yesterday - it was a good visit. Mum, Dad, my son and I played ball in the garden. Dad is still the best at trying to catch us out by pretending to throw to someone and then throwing to someone else instead! I also found out that the Home has purchased some life-like dolls for the residents. The Alzheimer's Society recommended the dolls (although I'm unable to find any details about this on the web site). They don't cry but they sound as if they are breathing softly and they can giggle. I was a bit sceptical at first because Dad was always great with babies, children and animals but dollies weren't his scene! The doll was given to him to hold and he was talking to it just as if it were a real baby. It was very touching to watch and yet I was still a little uncomfortable about this. Searching the Internet I found this helpful article on the Alzheimer's Disease International web site: http://www.alz.co.uk/adi/pdf/hcayton_childhood.pdf (PDF version) http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cach...hood.pdf++alzheimer's++dolls++realistic&hl=en (HTML version) I do agree that "Acknowledging the childlike in someone’s behaviour does not require us to infantilise the whole person". Does anyone else have experience of this?