Keynote presentation - Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for dementia

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) for dementia
Martin Orrell

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) has been shown to be beneficial in improving cognition and quality of life for people with dementia and is cost effective and cognitive benefits are of a similar magnitude to dementia drugs. Following this research, the NICE guidelines (2006) recommended that people with mild/moderate dementia of all types should participate in group Cognitive Stimulation. There have been a number of CST studies following the complex interventions framework developing and evaluating both group and individual CST. The development of a home-based individual version of CST provides an easy to use, widely available therapy package family carers or home care staff can deliver . Recent work looks at the benefits of maintenance CST, how to implement it in practice and how to adapt it and evaluate it in other countries and cultures. CST is now available in 20 countries and was recommended by World Alzheimer Report.