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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

* 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 in North, South and West Dorset to include Purbeck. Call Alice Davies on 01305 269444 for more details.