Twiddle Muffs for Dementia & Alzheimer's
Caregivers often have difficulty finding activities for people with dementia, and many games for Alzheimer's patients become ineffective as the disease progresses into the late stages. It is common for these patients to have restless hands, particularly if they had been accustomed to performing manual activities, such as knitting, typing or playing a musical instrument prior to the onset of Alzheimer's.
The Twiddle®s Senior Activity Muffs provide an engaging, entertaining way to occupy the hands. Within each muff is a soft ball for squeezing and the outer is ideal tactile stimulation. Trims, such as buttons, ribbons and beads, offer additional engagement while a small bag filled with crinkle-paper offers a soft and soothing sound. Twiddle®s also helps keep the patient’s hands warm, making it perfect in outdoor activities for Alzheimer’s patients.
Introducing the Twiddle® ~ Before you give a Twiddle® to someone, think about the approach to which he or she will be most receptive. Perhaps the gentleman who likes to fix things could be handed the Twiddle® for “evaluation.” The woman who is a nurturer might appreciate “looking after it for a while.” Does he or she like animals, or fear cats or dogs? As in all things, be thoughtful about the choice of Twiddle®, and its introduction.
- Stop the “Pick Up” Game ~ Some individuals habitually toss onto the floor items they are given, then ask for help picking them up again. One advantage of the Twiddle® is that a belt can be inserted through the activity/comfort aid, then tied or loosely fastened behind the person’s waist. This keeps the Twiddle® up where it can be used and enjoyed, and not on the floor.
- Change It Up ~ For the sake of variety, move the gadgets around on the Twiddle®. Put the beads inside, and affix the ball on the outside, for example. If someone tends to chew a particular attachment, don’t risk an accident. Unbutton and remove the potentially problematic gadget, without compromising the quality or usefulness of the Twiddle®. Once in a while, take off all attachments and run the Twiddle® through the washer and dryer to keep it clean and fresh.
- Pocket Potpourri ~ The Twiddle’s® side pocket can hold a handy tissue, a family photo, a simple memento, or perhaps a sweet-smelling sachet. Customize the contents to the individual, and keep it fun and surprising.