Fidget Sleeves and Touch Quilts


Fidget Sleeves

How a Fidget Sleeve Can Help Someone with Dementia

People living with dementia typically experience gradual decreases in brain function, and simple, repetitive movements, and sensory stimulation becomes important to reduce behaviours associated with dementia. As the disease progresses, peoples’ hands become more nervous and fidgety, as they continually search for something to occupy them. Fidget Sleeves fulfill this pursuit, and provide senses of comfort through the hands and eyes. They also entertain people with dementia and can lift their spirits. Furthermore, these sleeves may occupy the person with dementia enough to allow their caregivers brief respite. 

Click here to download a general information form about Fidget Sleeves. Fidget Sleeve requests are fulfilled on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to availability (available to those in the Thunder Bay district).

How to Request a Fidget Sleeve

1. Click here to download a request form. Fill out this form and email it to [email protected]

2. Phone the Alzheimer Society at (807) 345-9556 to provide basic information about the person for whom the Fidget Sleeve is intended.

3. Visit our office at 180 Park Avenue, Suite 310.

How to Volunteer 

All Fidget Sleeves are made by valued volunteers. If you would like to knit or crochet a Fidget Sleeve, please consider following the guidelines below: 


  • Ensure all attachments are secure to the sleeve and that there are no loose or small items that may pose as choking hazards.
  • Attach a variety of doodads such as velcro, lace, buckles, buttons, gloves, beads, rope, etc. 
  • Using a pattern is not necessary, but if you would like to use a pattern click here.

Last Updated: 01/20/2020