Support for those with dementia


A new therapy programme aiming to bring people living with dementia together is launching in Queenstown next month.

Alzheimers Otago will offer the cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) programme to people living in the district who have mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

The programme involves 14 one-hour sessions of themed activities held over seven weeks, followed by a 24-week maintenance programme.

Coordinator Kelly Garrick-Rogers says the sessions will focus “on the opinions of the group participants instead of facts” to help participants gain confidence to speak openly.

“CST’s known benefits include a positive effect on mood, improved memory and improved quality of life.

“Sessions are aimed to actively stimulate and engage people living with dementia, whilst providing an optimal learning environment and the social benefits of being in a group.”

Group members will be encouraged to talk about their daily lives and take part in memory-related activities.

Programme start dates will be announced once enough participants sign up to make the first group of 8-10 people.

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