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Age UK Reading Dementia Programme

Age UK Reading is developing groups based on the Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) model, supporting older people living with mild to moderate dementia.

Cognitive Stimulation is the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve cognition, independence and well-being by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

 Where is MCST held, and for what duration?

Age UK Reading first group, Forget Me Nots runs once a week in the Woodley area every Friday.  This group runs for two and a half hours to also offer respite for carers. 

We are currently developing a group in central Reading.

The face to face groups run once a week for a recommended 24 weeks. 

Who can apply for this service?

Our Dementia groups can accommodate people with or without a formal dementia diagnosis; please speak to our friendly team for further information.

 Is there a charge for this service?

This a chargeable service with payments done one month in arrears via bank transfer. Face to face sessions are £23 each (including a light lunch)

How do I contact Age UK Reading about this service?

For more information or to register your interest, contact our team on 0118 950 2480; alternatively, to enquire, email us at: