What are iCST Activity Kits?

iCST is an active one-on-one intervention using theme-based sessions. Inspire and engage people with dementiaAn adaptation of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), a group intervention for individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild dementia, iCST focuses on training the brain by stimulating thoughts and new ideas.

With generous funding from Arthur N. Lupe FoundationAlzheimer’s San Diego is excited to offer our care partners an activity kit with all the materials they need to facilitate their activities. It has been shown to help improve memory, attention, reasoning, language, and cognitive skills.

Kit includes A workbook with activity sheets on subjects ranging from childhood memories to music to world travel. In addition, accessories such as colored pencils, whiteboards, and items that move the body will also appear.

Using the kit, care partners can help dementia patients quick memory and thinking, thereby stimulating their working memory. Dynamic mental exercises can get people with dementia to think new thoughts, tell stories, and exercise other latent socialization skills. These meaningful and proven activities rejuvenate their minds. Deepen the bond with your care partnerCST studies have shown positive effects on concentration, memory and mood, social skills, quality of life, self-esteem and confidence, and language skills.

The kit is designed for individuals living in early to mid-stage disease, available to everyonePeople with advanced dementia may not receive all of the above benefits, but they can still get a lot of enjoyment out of the activity.

This program has the following advantages:

  • Decreased feelings of depression and isolation due to dementia heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Increased mental stimulation and the ability to think more clearly in less time.
  • Improving the ability of care partners to engage in cognitively stimulating activities and increase physical activity and mood.
  • Strengthen communication and connections between care partners and people with dementia.
  • Improving self-esteem and self-confidence through mental stimulation in people with dementia.

If you are interested in receiving a free kit or have any questions, please email info@alzsd.org. We also welcome anyone interested in participating in our free social activities and Connect Out. Activities range from exercise to music to reminiscence therapy.

This program and its activity kit were made possible through generous funding from the Arthur N. Lupe Foundation.

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