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NDAA Member Achievements: Age UK

Wednesday 17 April 2019

For our annual report 2018/19 we asked our members to submit an achievement relating to supporting people living with dementia and carers they were most proud of from 2018. Each month we'll be sharing one of these and celebrating the fantastic work our members do. 

This month we hear from Age UK on updates they made to their Living Well with Dementia guidance and a Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy pilot programme.

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"This year, we updated our guidance in 'Living Well with Dementia'. Everyone deals with the challenges of dementia in their own way, and we have brought are some ideas that have helped others. We have highlighted and addressed concerns that people have around driving, working and going on holiday. We have advice on keeping active, both physically and mentally, which can help those living with dementia to stay positive, and how to make the most of every day.

Age UK also developed the Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) pilot programme. Cognitive Stimulation is the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve cognition, independence and well-being by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The 2017/18 pilot found that MCST sessions contributed to the maintenance of group members’ wellbeing, related to their feelings, memory and everyday life. These would usually be expected to decrease over time for people with dementia who don’t attend sessions."

For further information on Age UK's Living well with dementia guidance go to:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/dementia/living-well-with-dementia/

Or for details of the Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) pilot programme visit:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/programmes/maintenance-cognitive-stimulation-therapy-mcst/

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