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Boost For Dementia Patients In Weymouth

Cllr Christine James

8:51am 3rd November 2015

There's been another fantastic project led by the Lets Make It community group.  The group have successfully made over 35 "Twiddlemuffs" which will be presented to the Matron Jen Davies at Westhaven hospital on Tuesday 3rd November at 1.30pm, by the Mayor Councillor Christine James.

Volunteers for the Lets Make It community group have made the muffs which will be donated to people living with Dementia and being given to Westhaven hospital and Portland community hospital.

Each muff has taken over 5 hours to make.  Similar muffs can be purchased on the internet at a cost around £35.00. The group felt very strong about trying to support the communities in Weymouth & Portland who are living with Dementia and every volunteer who has made the muffs has been affected by dementia in one form or another.

Councillor Christine James says she is delighted to present the twiddlemuffs to the hospital as Weymouth & Portland Dementia Action Alliance is one of her chosen charities for this year.

"Whilst collecting monies for my charity I am really surprised by the amount of people who told me that they were either caring for someone living with Dementia or knows of someone.  I understand that the new statistic out show that 1 in 4 people in the UK are living with one of the forms of Dementia".

She adds: "The muffs are wonderful - they have items on the inside and the outside of the muff, which will not only keep hands warm but have simulating items attached to the muffs to "Twiddle" with.. They have been designed and developed to provide simple stimulation for active hands, while promoting increased flexibility and brain stimulation"

Julie Hursthouse, Community Development Worker for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council said that the Weymouth & Portland Dementia Action Alliance is working hard with volunteers to try and make Weymouth & Portland a Dementia friendly town.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia , Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a type of dementia that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, Frontotemporal dementia is one of the less common forms of dementia and others include:

"    corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
"    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
"    HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND)
"    Huntington's disease
"    multiple sclerosis (MS)
"    Niemann-Pick disease type C
"    normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)
"    Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD)
"    posterior cortical atrophy (PCA)
"    progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

Free training will be available to all businesses who sign up to the scheme and business will be presented with a window sticker to encourage carers and people living with dementia to visit their premises as they will be treated with understanding.

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