By Rachel Moss in HUFFPOST.
Knitting could save the NHS vital funds because it leads to a healthier population, reducing depression and anxiety, slowing the onset of dementia and distracting from chronic pain, a new report has found.
The findings, published by initiative Knit for Peace, offers an extensive review of previous studies into the physical and mental health benefits of knitting. Knit for Peace, which has a network of 15,000 knitters in the UK who “knit for those in need”, also conducted a survey of 1,000 of its members about their experiences.
“There is an enormous amount of research showing that knitting has physical and mental health benefits, that it slows the onset of dementia, combats depression and distracts from chronic pain. It is an activity that can be continued into extreme old age,” the report revealed. “It is a sociable activity that helps overcome isolation and loneliness, too often a feature of old age. It is a skill that can continue when sight and strength are diminished.”
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