North Tyneside memory clinic launch new group to help dementia patients
A new group to help support older people with dementia has been launched.
The North Tyneside memory clinic, which forms part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health services for older people (MHSOP) service, has begun carrying out weekly cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) groups to help patients suffering with dementia to improve their memory and thinking skills.
The memory clinic, which is accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, sees over 1,300 patients in North Tyneside, including 500 new patients each year.
CST sessions aim to actively stimulate and engage people with dementia, whilst providing an effective learning environment and the social benefits of a group setting. They involve 45-minute group sessions run once a week over seven weeks; each one covering a different theme or topic.
Research has suggested that CST can be just as effective as dementia medication and the sessions are designed to be relaxed, fun and to create opportunities for people to learn, express their views and work with others in a sociable setting.
Samantha Allen, matron for MHSOP at Northumbria Healthcare, said:
“The care we provide isn’t just about hospitals and medication; it is about social and mental wellbeing.
“Through these sessions we are seeing that people are able to concentrate more and we are also noticing an improvement in memory. Perhaps just as important though, we are seeing that the confidence of those participating is increasing too.
“Our goal is to improve the quality of life our patients have and these sessions have highlighted the many benefits of CST and the value of non-medical approaches for improving wellbeing and quality of life for people living with dementia.”
For further information about being part of the group, contact the memory service on: 0191 2196649.
0191 203 1656 / 07833488229