Cognitive Stimulation Therapy saving money and improving quality of life
There are an estimated 36 million people living with dementia across the globe – 750,000 of those in the UK, and these figures are increasing. Bangor University is contributing to the evidence base of interventions to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. An intervention called ‘cognitive stimulation therapy’ is now a recommended and widely used treatment within the UK and internationally. The therapy is not a cure for dementia, but seeks improvement in the quality of everyday life of people with dementia. Bangor University’s studies have shown that the differences in cognitive function are of similar magnitude to those associated with the medication currently available. Economic analyses suggest cognitive stimulation therapy could save the NHS over £54.9 million per annum in the UK, over the use of medication.
“The therapy was a lifeline for us – the group restored her confidence. She felt she was doing something to help herself.” Daughter of person with dementia attending the therapy group sessions, quoted in the Mail on Sunday