Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is an evidence-based intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia.  This therapy has been shown to improve cognitive function, decrease depression and improve overall quality of life.

Each group session is centered on a theme and participants can share their thoughts and opinions, reminisce and complete cognitive tasks.  Some of these activities include current affairs, games, music, famous people, and categorization.

Developed in the UK by Dr. Martin Orrell and others, the treatment involves 14 sessions of structured 45-minute group therapy.  Groups are limited to 5 to 8 participants and are conducted by two certified CST facilitators.

The sessions are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10  to 10:45 a.m. 

Each session covers a different topic as outlined in the manual.

To ensure continuity between the sessions, every session includes a warm-up activity, a song and a 'reality orientation board' which includes the date, time, place, weather.

Participants give their group a name and sessions cover a range of activities to stimulate thinking, memory and to connect with others.

CST is designed to be relaxed, fun and to create opportunities for people to learn, express their views and work with others in a social setting.

Royal staff received Cognitive Stimulation Therapy certification through St. Louis Univesity's Gateway Geriatric Education Center.

To enroll -- please call 770-465-4700.


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