Monday, 18 April 2016

Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May


My first Twiddlemuff!

Dementia is something that scares us all whether it's the fear of developing it or coping with a family member who has this awful illness. 

You feel so helpless at times when you see a member of your family slipping away from you. This year 15 - 21 May is Dementia Awareness Week when The Alzheimer's Society will encourage people who are afraid of dementia to contact them for advice and support.

Last week I joined a knitting group who meet at a local church to knit things for local charities. One of the things we are making is a Twiddlemuff.  They are designed to sooth restless hands & reduce agitation by providing stimulation for active hands, while promoting increased flexibility and brain stimulation.  So they are ideal for people with dementia or other mental health problems.

You can find out more on the NHS website here and the pattern is there too. It's a very simple one and knits up quickly using up spare wool and other bits and bobs.

The picture at the top is my first attempt.  Have to say it is quite addictive holding it, I used really soft wool for the interior and put satin ribbons inside and outside. I will be loathe to part with it next week so might just have to make one for myself! 

3 comments:

  1. how sweet of you to knit this - it's really beautiful. I would probably do the same thing, keep it and then make another one.

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  2. how sweet of you to knit this - it's really beautiful. I would probably do the same thing, keep it and then make another one.

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  3. Perfect and precious. I wish these had been around for my mom. Her hands were filled with a lifetime of helping and in her final years she needed something to hold and feel busy.

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