Twiddlemuffs – How You Can Help Dementia Patients
Knitting for charity is a wonderful and rewarding project. This week we discuss how Twiddlemuffs can help those with dementia.
What’s a Twiddlemuff?
A Twiddlemuff is a knitted, crocheted or fabric tube with accessories such as ribbons and buttons sewn on to them. They are usually made up of many yarn textures, with notions sewn on the inside and outside of the muff. This allows for the person’s hands to stay warm while they are able to twiddle with the bits and pieces.
Why are Twiddlemuffs used?
For many people with dementia, there are developments and changes to their personalities, one of which is to become increasingly agitated. Twiddlemuffs help to ease agitation and calm the person’s mood, as they can keep their hands and minds occupied. Many hospital wards have found that the muffs have a positive effect on patients by keeping them comforted, as well as encouraging movement and brain stimulation.
How can I get involved?
To find out more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.
The wonderful organization Knit For Peace has a knitting pattern, and provides an address for you to send your finished Twiddlemuffs to. They will then distribute them amongst NHS Hospitals around the UK.
Click the button below to get the pattern!
Last updated: May 15th, 2017.