Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plants or essential oils to promote wellbeing through scent. Like any complementary therapy, it is not a replacement for medical treatment and should only be used if it appears to bring some pleasure or calm to the person being treated.
The use of dolls can bring great benefits to some people with a diagnosis of dementia, particularly those in later stages. It involves making a doll available to the person to hold or to sit with. Some people with dementia find that they get enjoyment from holding or simply being with a doll.
Music and sound play an important part throughout our lives whether through listening, taking part or moving to it. We can respond to music from a very early age, before words and language are developed, and this continues even when verbal abilities are lost and/or we are at the end of our lives.