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Knitting Can Delay Memory Loss

February 19th, 2009

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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that people aged 50-65 who had been busy reading, playing games or engaging in crafts like knitting were found to have a 40% reduced risk of memory impairment.

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  • jane matthews

    I agree 100% with the statement that knitting helps stimulate the brain. I feel a day without knitting is like a day without sunshine. I have been through a few rough time in my 73 years and each time knitting helped. I know belong to two knitting groups who knit for charity. If you have a need we will try very hard to make what you want. The group at my church is knitting to fill a baby pantry at St. Joseph’s Center and their adoption program. The other groups project is not quite as happy. We have a request to knit or crochet preemie burial buntings for still born infants. The beggist benefit of these two groups is the fellowship we enjoy. I have made so many new friends and look forward to Wednesdays. Thank you also for your beautiful baby yarns. Much of it is used for our projects.

  • pat

    dear Jane Matthews, Bless you. We photograph our stillborn babies in donated outfits when we have them and wrap these precious ones in small donated blankets. Again when we have them. These with a lock of hair and footprints are given to the parents. They may become treasured keepsakes to those whose little one is lost. So it may be sad to do this but it means so much to those who are sorrowing. May God give all of you good years to continue these gifts.

  • http://ecogeneration.etsy.com Karen

    I am an accidental knitter/crocheter (is there such word?). When I was ordered with bed rest for pre-term labor, I had nothing to do but to read and knit. I knitted my first blanket, ever, and my son (16 years old now) still loves it. When I don’t have knitting needles or a crochet needle and some yarn in my hands, I feel useless and unproductive. I know I’ll be knitting or crocheting in my rocking chair in my nineties!

  • http://extremelifechanges.org valerie andrews

    I concur. There is something very comforting in picking up yarn and hook, (needles)! The rewards of knowing you are making a difference by contributing your creations, is also self-gratifying. I make prayer shawls for local hospice, and hats, gloves and scarves for homeless shelter in our area. I also try to make new things for my family each Christmas. Almost everything I make is done with inspiration from Lion Brand articles, and of course LB yarns!

  • Pamela Akers

    I have been crocheting for over 40 years now! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I cannot sit in front of a TV without something to crochet. I am bored just sitting there. I never run out of things to crochet since I now have grandchildren and they each have request too. Although whether it helps the memory, I’m not to sure. Because I still think I have a memory problem. We at our church also have a group that makes many differnt things for different organizations. I find it very enjoyable and rewarding.

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