This page includes some useful activities based resources, some information and updating resources and some online training resources. Feel free to contact me to suggest others.
It is important before initiating a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group to undertake some preparation. You can read up on the subject in some detail here and read about some examples of best practice http://www.cstdementia.com/
A great app, providing professional printed books for Memory Diaries etc.
Mini Lotto of Odours (several different boxes available). Great for reminiscence regarding fragrances.
Our CST sessions are loosely based on the Making A Difference programme, of which there are now three volumes. Each manual, produced by Hawker Publications, is full of practical ideas and suggestions for CST activities. The second volume, shown here, includes a training DVD.
The Journal of Dementia Care is an excellent resource for updating knowledge and skills and is at the forefront of modern dementia care. It also hosts conferences around the UK. http://www.careinfo.org/journal-of-dementia-care/
Future Learn offers a free on-line training course developed by UCL called 'The Many Faces Of Dementia'. It is an excellent resource and provides learners with a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. (commitment is 2 hours a week for 4 weeks - certification costs £49).
More of an introductory e-learning training course is offered by The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The Dementia E-learning Course is currently being updated but the 2009 version is still available fee of charge and has many downloadable resources. Covering topics such as 'Symptoms of dementia', 'After diagnosis of dementia', 'Living with dementia' etc, the course includes a considerable amount of video footage and is very highly regarded.
Signpost is a multidisciplinary journal and is aimed at professionals and carers working with older people with dementia and other mental health problems. It provides a user friendly source of information and education, and is an enjoyable and often moving read. Signpost was first published in 1988 and there are three editions a year.
Its is produced by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Dementia Services Development Centre based at Bangor University and is a free on-line resource, to which you can subscribe. Link here http://dsdc.bangor.ac.uk/signpost.php.en