Participants from the Milford Bay WISE Community Connect program created busy boards and comfort mitts for people living with dementia and donated them to a long-term care home in Muskoka, according to the District of Muskoka.
Shawna Torkoff, public education coordinator with Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka, led an education session for the Milford Bay Community Connect program on April 3 to bust myths and stigma related to dementia and teach about how to maintain good brain health. The WISE Community Connect participants presented Torkoff with busy boards and comfort mitts, also known as muffs, that were given to a long-term care home that afternoon. The busy boards feature locks, latches and other hardware that help people living with dementia work on their memory and fine motor skills while also improving hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity and increased muscle strength.
“The concept behind the muffs is that people with dementia like to have something to keep their hands occupied,” said Torkoff. “The muffs keep hands warm and provide visual, tactile and sensory stimulation.”
Community Connect, previously known as WISE Clubhouse, is a two-hour program offered once or twice a month at 20 locations across Muskoka. Each session includes general interest topics, health and wellness education, fitness and balance training, recreational activities, lunch or a snack and more.
For more information about Community Connect Programs and locations, call the district’s Seniors Programs and Services team at 705-645-2412 ext. 4199 or visit the district website.