Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is the only non-drug treatment specifically recommended to improve cognition, independence and wellbeing for individuals living with mild to moderate dementia by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Age UK Lancashire ran a pilot course in September - March 2020, we are delighted to share that course participants reported a significant improvement in their overall quality of life and an assessment of cognitive functioning showed an improvement across the group from the beginning to end of the course.
We measured the wellbeing of carers or family members of those who attended in which 7 of 8 measures improved with a significant positive impact on communication between the participant and their carer and carers felt less anxious and stressed when thinking about the future.
Age UK Lancashire will soon be offering CST in small groups and to individuals, including to those currently accessing our Dementia services. Each CST session includes a range of creative and musical activities, topical discussions, physical activities, quizzes and word/number games.
We are providing Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST) - Carers Awareness sessions to enable carers and family members of those living with dementia to deliver the principles of CST at home, providing opportunities to engage in meaningful activities together. This one day course enables family member or carer to plan and continue CST with structured themes and simple to use resources.
We will also offer Virtual CST for those wishing to access online support.
Waiting lists now open at venues across Lancashire:
Limited places available at Ormskirk, Lancaster, Nelson and Padiham
Costs apply, please contact us for more details, to join the course waiting list or to request a copy of the Pilot Evaluation Report.
t 0300 303 1234
MCST Pilot Evaluation
Read our full evaluation report by clicking on the document below.