Anne Marie (Sheehan) Doughty, an occupational therapist whose open heart and unconventional spirit brought life and laughter into the days of aged patients with dementia, died March 12, 2013, surrounded by family at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence. She was 55, had lived for 16 years in Exeter, Rhode Island, and grew up Ridgefield, Connecticut.
“She had a great talent for calming patients who were agitated and struggling with their cognitive decline. It’s a talent. You can’t teach someone that,” said Mary Marran, a friend and colleague from Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. “She tapped into the familiar to help people feel better and exist beyond what are pretty devastating conditions - advanced Alzheimer’s, other dementias.”