Memory Nurture programme
Cognitive stimulation is a non-pharmacological intervention specifically designed to enhance cognitive functioning and promote social interaction among individuals with dementia. At Memory Nurture, we offer a range of group-based activities that target various cognitive domains, including memory, attention, language, and problem-solving. Our Cognitive Stimulation Services work by providing structured cognitive activities, encouraging social interaction, and leveraging the brain’s neuroplasticity to improve cognitive functioning and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals experiencing memory loss.
About Our Approaches
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is an evidence-based non-pharmacological intervention that aims to enhance cognitive functioning and social interaction in individuals with dementia. Through structured group activities targeting various cognitive domains, such as memory, attention, language, and problem-solving, we leverage neuroplasticity to improve cognitive abilities and enhance the overall quality of life for those experiencing memory loss. This can be delivered either in a group-based setting or part of individual therapy. Additionally, we integrate other evidence-based cognitive stimulating approaches to enhance the effectiveness of the intervention.
Other approaches include:
- Ashby Memory Method [AMM]: Is an evidence-based, structured program of interactive cognitive exercises or activities designed for individuals experience memory loss, including early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and stroke.
- Online Brain Training Games: Also known as cognitive training or brain training, are activities or exercises and designed to stimulate and challenge cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, problem-solving and reasoning.
- Tailored Activity Program (TAP): Is an evidence-based world-renowned occupational therapy intervention program that focuses on providing personalised activities that are meaningful and engaging to the individual, tailored to their unique interests, abilities, and background.
- GREAT Cognitive Rehabilitation: Is an evidence-based program that aims to enhance cognitive functioning, independence, and overall well-being for individuals with dementia by utilising proven cognitive training techniques and personalised interventions.
- COPE (Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments): Is an evidence-based intervention that focuses on adapting the physical and social environments, improving communication and problem-solving skills, and providing caregiver support.
- Life Story: By delving into personal life stories, we tap into memories and promote a sense of identity, fostering cognitive stimulation and emotional well-being.
- Reminiscence Therapy: Involves recalling and sharing past memories, occasionally with the added use of props, to stimulate cognitive function and promote emotional well-being.
- Mindfulness-Based CBT: Mindfulness techniques are integrated into the therapy sessions to cultivate present-moment awareness, acceptance, and non-judgemental attitudes.
- Reality-Orientation Therapy: Our team utilises various techniques, including verbal cues, visual aids, calendars, clocks and familiar objects, to reinforce orientation to the present time, location, and personal details.
- Validation Therapy: Through the principles of empathy, active listening, and validation, Memory Nurture aims to create a nurturing environment that acknowledges and supports the emotions and experiences of individuals with dementia, promoting their well-being and preserving their dignity.
- Montessori Approach: Our dedicated team works closely with individuals and their families to develop personalised care plans that integrate Montessori principles into daily routines and activities.
- Sensory Modulation: The aim is to stimulate sensory pathways in adults experiencing dementia through tailored activities such as gentle exercises, as well as multi-sensory environments with soothing lighting, calming music, pleasant scents, weighted objects and tactile materials.
- Psychoeducation: Our therapists are able to provide information, education, and support to individuals with dementia and their caregivers to enhance their coping strategies, improve their quality of life, and facilitate informed decision-making.
- Finding Strengths: We focus on identifying and utilizing individuals’ strengths to create tailored cognitive activities that maximize engagement and cognitive abilities.
- Cues, Clues, and Communication: Our approach involves utilizing cues and clues to stimulate cognitive processes, facilitate communication, and improve overall cognitive functioning.
- Meaningful Roles and Activity-Based Engagement: Engaging individuals in meaningful roles and activities fosters a sense of purpose, promotes cognitive stimulation, and boosts self-esteem.
- Exercise Programs: Physical exercise has shown positive effects on cognitive function. We offer exercise programs tailored to individuals’ abilities, incorporating cognitive elements for a comprehensive cognitive stimulation experience.
- Community Connection: We believe in the power of community and social connections. Our programs include community engagement activities that encourage interaction, cognitive stimulation, and a sense of belonging.
- Creative Arts Engagement: By integrating creative arts engagement into our services, we provide individuals with dementia a platform for self-expression, cognitive stimulation, and social interaction.
- Use of Technology: We embrace technology as a tool for cognitive stimulation. We integrate technology-based activities and apps designed to enhance cognitive functioning and engagement.
How Is the Memory Nurture programme delivered?
Whether it’s in the familiar surroundings of home, the vibrant community of a retirement village, or the specialised care of an aged care facility, our team at Memory Nurture is dedicated to delivering exceptional care and support.
Contact us today to learn more about our Cognitive Stimulation Services and how we can tailor a program to you or someone else’s needs.
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