Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a form of mental exercise that stimulates the brain. Due to the concept of brain plasticity, our brain continue to also grow old as we age. How are we able to make it happen?
Growing the Grey Matter
According to research made, it shows that grey matter will grow and increase if the brain learns new and complex materials. Another thing is that the idea between complex and new is in fact somewhat personal. This is going to be different than your new and complex. The crucial element on an exercise or activity would be having the right level of engagement and challenge.
Research study was in fact implemented at the University of Hamburg where they have demonstrated the growth of grey matter. On such study that was made, grey matter that were in the student’s brain actually shows the growth of grey matter within the six week period which has a connection with their studying for their final exams.
But this doesn’t mean that you should study for medicine in order to get a big brain. This simply shows that learning new things is really beneficial for the health of your brain.
For Cognitive Resilience and Dementia
The cognitive stimulation therapy can in fact offer healthy adults with various ways on how they can improve on their high levels of mental activity. It can help in reducing the case of developing dementia. Building cognitive resilience will happen during any part of our life, whatever your age may be. Too simply put it, it is never too late.
Engaged approach such as this one works with people who suffer from dementia or other forms of it. A cognitive stimulation therapy program covers various areas of cognition and is in fact able to give various benefits compared to programs which only focuses on a certain cognitive domain. When a person is interested, they usually try harder. Programs which is able to engage the interest of a person would make it easier for them to challenge their brain.
Based on some research, it shows that CST is also as effective with dementia drugs when it comes to improving cognition. The research trial in fact shows that CST also have the same positive impact with dementia drugs. This does not mean however that you should consider replacing drug therapy for you to treat dementia. COST however is a good alternative in case the drug options are not available or to help support therapy. According to the research made, CST will help in improving the outcomes if this will be used with the dementia drugs.
Trials also include people who are in the mild to moderate stage of dementia and interventions are found to be not appropriate for those who have severe dementia.