Residents and staff at a leading over 55s’ housing provider have turned to knitting in support of a national campaign to combat the impact of dementia.
The team from Hanover Housing Association have knitted more than 50 twiddlemuffs for people living with dementia across the country. The brightly coloured woollen hand muffs are decorated with ribbons, buttons, zips and beads. These help to occupy restless hands, thereby soothing minds and offering both stimulation and comfort.
Hanover knitters have not stopped there, producing hundreds of forget-me-nots to mark Dementia Awareness Week and raising funds for dementia charities.
In the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet many people feel excluded and face the disease alone. Rowena Hindle, who leads Hanover’s Dementia Connect team, said: ‘We believe it's vital to have initiatives in place that enable us to raise awareness and support residents living with dementia.
‘Hanover is committed to designing our ways of working, plus buildings and external spaces to enable residents to live well.’
The concept of twiddlemuffs originated from care workers in the US. Back in 2015, the NHS Hospital Trusts launched a call for volunteers to knit for patients. Since then, hundreds of twiddlemuffs have been knitted at Hanover’s estates and offices around the country.
For instructions on how to knit a twiddlemuff or a forget-me-not, please see the links below.