We facilitate Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. (CST) We can do this in your own home on a 1;1 as part of our Activity Worker package or in groups, in care homes or in the community.
The Memory Matters' team are experienced in successfully running these evidence-based groups in many different settings.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a group therapy for people who are experiencing difficulties with their memory. The programme was devised by psychologist Dr. Aimee Spector, and a team researchers and has been shown to be as effective as drugs used for cognitive symptoms or difficulties with memory.
It is an activity based programme for six people and is run by two group leaders or facilitators.
The sessions are structured and have a focus; topics include word games, number games, current affairs, sounds, food, creative activities, using money and physical games.
There is a strong focus on having fun and the groups are usually a place where friendships are formed and bonds created. There will be lots of discussion and focus is always on sharing opinions rather than facts (Nobody is ever put on the spot). No answers are ever wrong because CST uses an approach where their are many different answers. The group is a supportive environment where group members are able to support each other.
The sessions last for 45 minutes and are usually run twice a week for seven weeks. Groups that are run in the community will usually be run once a week for 14 weeks.
One to one sessions last about twenty five minutes and will be part of an overall activity package.
Clinical trials have shown CST to improve memory and quality of life for people living with a dementia.
Its effectiveness can be compared to the drugs that are available for cognitive symptoms or memory difficulties.
People who have undergone the treatment generally feel more confident and feel an improvement in self esteem as well as their memory.
Because CST aims to stimulate different parts of the brain, music or a song is used at the beginning and the end of each session. Group members will vote on the song that will be played for every session. If there is a particular song you would like to be included in the vote, please bring it along to the first session. (It will need to be in CD format.)
CST is the only evidence-based non-drug treatment available for the cognitive symptoms of dementia and is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence (NICE)
"A really supportive atmosphere. Lots of laughing and fun and good to know it's good for my brain"
To find out how to get a group running in your facility or area please contact us.