Cognitive skills are the skills the brain uses to think, learn, remember, problem solve and communicate. There are a number of approaches (interventions) to help people with dementia improve their memory and thinking skills and to cope with memory loss, one of these is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) is a longer course of CST.
- CST helps the memory and thinking (cognitive) skills of people with mild to moderate dementia
- people with dementia, who took part in the additional 24 weeks of group therapy, said that there was an improvement in the quality of their daily lives
- people who took part in MCST and take the standard medication for Alzheimer’s disease had better results for cognitive skills than those who only took part in MCST and better results than those who took part in CST and were on standard medication
MCST offers value for money (is cost effective).