Twiddle muffs help those with dementia and reduces anxiety
YOU can’t help but giggle when you hear Twiddle Muffs; you may want to ask but you fear saying it out loud as it makes you blush brighter than a Twiddle muff.
The twiddle muffs are intentionally made with the odds and ends of wool to create a sensory comfort tool, lots of colour, many different textures and embellishments to create interest and feel.
Bundaberg Regional Councillor Judy Peters said the bright and colourful creations had been proven to provide a calming effect to people with dementia or mental health issues.
“Professional caregivers report that twiddle muffs reduce the anxiety of patients with restless hands as it gives them something to fidget or ‘twiddle’ with,” Cr Peters said.
The creation of twiddle muffs has really taken off throughout the region and Council saw this as an opportunity to introduce them as a project during Adult Learners Week.
There is also an added benefit as we are able to donate the end product to retirement villages, Queensland Health and other organisations throughout the region that may be able to use them.
Cr Peters said she was thrilled with the high number of community groups and individuals who have taken this idea on, with roughly 100 people throughout the region, busily knitting away.
“So many people have been able to take this opportunity to learn a new skill in an atmosphere of inclusion and fun.” she said.
“Twiddle muffs are being created before, during and after Adult Learners Week, however the official handover will take place during Mental Health Week.
“Everyone is welcome to take part in the event and the best part is it can’t be wrong!
“There is no ‘perfect’ twiddle muff, they should all have their own personality.”
Anyone who would like to participate in the project can contact 1300 883 699 to speak with Council’s Community Development team or head to bundaberg.qld.gov.au to download a twiddle muff pattern.
People with dementia are almost twice as likely to have high rates of loneliness compared to the rest of the population.
The research, released at the start of Dementia Awareness Month, has sparked calls for greater awareness and understanding of dementia by the community so people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone.
There is an estimated 353,800 people with dementia in Australia and that number is expected to grow.
TWIDDLE MUFFS: The dedicated Twiddle Muffers from Gin Gin gather at the library.