Twid­dle muffs help those with de­men­tia and re­duces anx­i­ety

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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