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Smithtown Seniors Make Twiddle Muffs For Dementia And Alzheimer Patients


Smithtown Senior Citizens Create Unique Twiddle Muffs for Local Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers

Pictured from left to right are Sherry D’Amelio, Maria Poggio, Ann Ohlrogge and Diane Nolan. Not pictured Marion Cardacino and Nina Mascari. Photo Credit: Patricia BornhoftA group of Needle Crafters from the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department  recently undertook a new project.  Historically, they have made blankets, hats, and sweater sets for donation to area hospitals and nursing homes.  At the suggestion of a local Medical Center, they banded together to make beautiful Twiddle Muffs.

Twiddle Muffs are knitted or crocheted muffs accessorized with buttons, ribbons, zippers and the like. They are made with a wide variety of colorful yarns in  different textures and styles.  Many hospital and nursing facilities have found that with Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers, Twiddle Muffs help ease agitation and calm the persons’ mood as they keep their hands and minds occupied. 

 “We have a group of very talented women who spent many weeks creating these unique Twiddle Muffs.  They particularly enjoyed this project as it allowed their natural creativity to shine!  We hope these items will put a smile on the face of our local residents suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” stated Laura Greif, Program Director at the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department.

Donations were made to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Mills Pond Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with more to be distributed to other local nursing facilities.

For more information about the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department visit us at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, call us at 631-360-7616 or visit us at  HYPERLINK “http://www.smithtownny.gov” www.smithtownny.gov.