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Bring your knitting needles, wool and decorations, and relax and listen to music as you make a dementia Twiddlemuff - a knitted hand muff with bits and bobs attached, such as ribbons and large buttons. Twiddlemuffs provide an excellent stimulation activity for restless hands for patients with dementia during their stay in hospital.
It is estimated that 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK. There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, with each person experiencing dementia in their own way. Although there is no cure, a lot can be done to ensure a person can live well with dementia.
Even if you don’t knit, come along and find out more about current research into dementia in our region and York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Dementia Appeal and how you can get involved in both.
Patterns for Twiddlemuffs will be provided on the day or in advance from york.nhs.uk/dementiaappeal. For more information contact Lydia Harris on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01904 726606.
Join Dementia Research
Join Dementia Research is a national service that enables you to register your interest and be matched with suitable research studies. Clinical trials increase knowledge about treatments to ensure patient care is based on the best possible evidence.
Currently in York and Scarborough there are 147 research studies open to recruitment, 41 of which were opened this year. Approximately 3500 patients have been recruited to clinical trials in the last year alone. You can find more information about Join Dementia Research at join dementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk
York Teaching Hospital Charity
York Teaching Hospital Charity raises money to make a positive difference to those who visit our hospitals. The Dementia Appeal launched in March this year with the aim to raise £200,000 for equipment, specialist training for nurses and improving the environments for patients living with dementia when they visit our hospitals. Find out how you can get involved at york.nhs.uk/dementiaappeal