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Get "twiddle mitting" for local dementia sufferers

 
Created on 01/09/2017 @ 15:00
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Knitters in Newtown are this month being asked to put their skills to the test and knit twiddle mitts for people with dementia.
 
Abacare is calling for the donation of twiddle mitts to its service users with dementia it cares for to help stimulate their brain, reduce anxiety and promote calm.
 
Sam Evans, Registered Manager at the award-winning Abacare, which has offices and provides care in the area, said: “We’re calling for crafty folk to put their knitting know-how to good use and create twiddle mitts for some of our service users with dementia.
 
“Twiddle mitts are knitted cuffs or hand warmers, which have different textures and materials attached, such as beads, ribbons and buttons, that people with dementia can hold and ‘twiddle’ to help any restlessness and agitation that they might experience.
 
“Providing sensory stimulation can also really help a person with dementia’s mood and help to focus their energy.”
 
There are currently 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and numbers are predicted to rise to one million by the year 2025 and two million by 2051. One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia.
 
Sam added: “We have put together a knitting pattern on our website at www.abacare.org.uk that people can download, however they are free to use their imagination when it comes to adding the different textures and materials.
 
“Any twiddle mitts that are donated will be distributed among our service users.”
 
Twiddle mitts can be dropped off or posted to Abacare’s offices at St David’s House, New Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1RB.

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