An introduction to

Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST)

Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST) is a cognitive and psychosocial one to one intervention for people with dementia. It is based on the evidence-based group Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia, which has been found to be beneficial for cognition and quality of life (2 & 3).

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iCST session

The individual CST programme is delivered by a relative or close friend of the person with dementia for:

  • 30 minutes

  • 3 times a week

  • over 25 weeks

iCST offers one-to-one structured cognitive stimulation sessions for people with dementia delivered by carers at their own home. There is a total of 75 activity sessions based on a variety of themes including life story, word games, quizzes, art, reminiscence, discussion of current affairs and being creative (4).