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. But how do we actually make this happen?
Growing your 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. It’s going to be different than your complex and new. A considered important element on exercise and activity is on the level of its engagement and challenge.
A research study that was made at the University of Hamburg in fact demonstrated about the growth of grey matter. On the study made, grey matter in the brain’s of students grew in size in over a six week period which in fact coincided with their studying for final exams.
This however does not mean that you need to study for medicine just for you to get a big brain. What this actually shows that learning new things is very beneficial for your brain’s health.
For Cognitive Resilience and Dementia
A cognitive stimulation therapy can offer the healthy adults different ways on how they could improve high levels of mental activity. This can actually help to reduce the risks in developing dementia. The process of building cognitive resilience actually happens in any part of our life, whether you are old or young. To put this simply, it is never too late.
This kind of engaged approach works for people who are suffering from dementia or on other forms of it. Such cognitive stimulation therapy program actually covers various areas on cognition and actually gives out amazing benefits compared to programs which just focus with one cognitive domain. When we are usually engaged and are interested, we usually try harder. Programs that engage the interest of a person will help in making it easier for the person to challenge their brains.
On another research made, it shows that CST is also as effective with the dementia drugs to help improve cognition. Research also has shown that CST can also give the same positive impact like those of dementia drugs. But this does not mean that you should consider replacing drug therapy for treating dementia. COST however is a good alternative in case the drug options are not available or to help support therapy. Based on research, CST can help improve the outcomes if being used with dementia drugs.
The trials likewise include those who are in the mild to moderate stage of dementia and interventions are however not the right one for people who have severe dementia.