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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is a popular and successful way to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate dementia, and is also very enjoyable

CST is a programme of themed activities, carried out over several weeks in small groups, with each session covering a different topic, designed to improve the mental abilities and memory of someone with dementia  Evidence suggests that CST can be as beneficial as drug treatments for the symptoms of dementia and:

* Is the only non-drug treatment recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)

* Is usually carried out over 14 sessions, each lasting around 45 minutes and containing structured discussions and group activities

* Groups are small, consisting of only five to eight people

* Usually led by someone who has experience of working with people with dementia


Session topics may include childhood, food, current affairs and using money; and activities will be based around each theme, in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Classes are available at:

Age UK Dorchester     01305 269444

Fridays     10.30am to 11.30am and 11.30am to 12.15pm

Bridport Shop, 16 West Street, Bridport     01308 424859

Thursdays     10.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3pm

Pine Martin Grange, Sandford Road, Wareham     07833 084170

Wednesdays    11am to 12pm

Weymouth Angling Club    07969 349730

Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.30am