Today, doctors can prescribe medications to help ease the symptoms of patients struggling with mild to moderate dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. But researchers have also discovered a non-pharmaceutical way to achieve comparable results in patients.
Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a treatment method designed to actively engage people with dementia through a series of guided, themed group activities. Sessions promote thinking and discussion in a supportive, non-threatening environment. Research shows CST positively impacts language skills, such as naming, word-finding and comprehension, while also improving mood, confidence and concentration.
Patients in the SLUCare CST program attend 14 or more small group sessions, individual CST sessions, and a maintenance program following CST group participation.
Marla Berg-Weger, PhD, is the co-project director of the Gateway Geriatric Education Center, which offers CST for patients with dementia. She is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with the elderly. Dr. Berg-Weger earned her doctorate at Washington University and has been on faculty at Saint Louis University since 1995.
For more information or to learn how cognitive stimulation therapy may help you or someone you love, call 314-977-4440.