Cognitive Stimulation Therapy at Age Concern Southend Dementia Day Centre

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a psychological treatment which has been found to help the memory and thinking skills of people living with mild to moderate Dementia.

The aim of CST is to create opportunities for group members to participate in activities designed to encourage thought processes, the use of memory and social interaction (NHS Institute for Health Research 2014).

As part of a regular programme, activities are designed to be stimulating, fun and to create opportunities for people to learn, express their views and work with others in a friendly setting.

Activities include:

  • Puzzles and games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Gentle exercise
  • Sensory games
  • Singing, music and movement
  • Creating memory books / journaling
  • Writing and word games
  • Pet therapy

Clients, carers and staff all stated the following benefits:

  • Enjoyment and increasing levels of happiness
  • Forming new friendships
  • Increased confidence and a willingness to try other new things
  • Improvements in communication
  • Improvements in memory and mental ability
  • Increased energy and enthusiasm

Sarah Wilson, Dementia Day Centre Manager, “We plan our activities on the evidence-based group programme of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST); offering a wide range of meaningful and enjoyable activities proven to enhance and improve the lives of older people living with dementia – whether diagnosed or undiagnosed. 

We can help you make their life more fulfilling, enjoyable and help them socialise and live independently for longer.”

Keywords: CST; Cognition; Cognitive Stimulation Therapy; Dementia; Psychological treatment; Psychosocial intervention; Quality of life; Well-being.

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