An evaluation of community based cognitve stimualtion therapy: a pilot study with an Irish population of people with dementia

Despite evidence of its’ benefits cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is not routinely available in Ireland, post diagnosis. This study aimed to assess the benefits of a 14 week community based CST programme for people with dementia, their carers and facilitators. Overall the study showed that CST delivered once weekly over 14 weeks had a positive impact on the person with dementia, their families and staff. Significant improvements were evidenced in participants’ subjective cognitive performance and in satisfaction with their performance. Significant improvements were also seen in facilitators’ ratings of participant engagement and confidence. The findings suggest a relationship between carer and participant wellbeing, and between carer wellbeing and their rating of participant cognitive function. The authors argue that it is time for the government to support the provision of CST across Ireland.
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An evaluation of community based cognitve stimualtion therapy: a pilot study with an Irish population of people with dementia
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Kelly, M.E., Finan, S., Lawless, M., Scully, N., Fitzpatrick, J., Quigley, M., Tyrrell, F., O’Regan, A. and Devane, A., 2017. An evaluation of community-based cognitive stimulation therapy: a pilot study with an Irish population of people with dementia. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34(3), pp.157-167