Virtual cognitive stimulation therapy: perspectives of people living with dementia

Geriatrics, Gerontology and Aging

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Início Publicação: 10/10/2007
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Virtual cognitive stimulation therapy: perspectives of people living with dementia

Ano: 2021 | Volume: 15 | Número: Não se aplica
Autores: Michael Leporea; Stephani Shiversb; Erica DeFrancescoa
Autor Correspondente: Michael Lepor | [email protected]

Palavras-chave: group therapy; internet-based intervention; adaptation.

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Resumo Inglês:

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a group treatment in which people with mild to moderate dementia participate in 14 activity and discussion sessions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CST was adapted for online delivery, as virtual-CST (V-CST). To determine the acceptability of online delivery, we piloted a V-CST group, monitored attendance, and assessed qualitative feedback from the participants. Five people with dementia participated. Except for one session with four attendees, all participants attended every session. Qualitative analysis identified four themes that were verified by participants: (1) positive emotional experiences despite dementia, (2) confidence building and related strategies and challenges, (3) enjoyable and stimulating inclusive activities and group dynamics, and (4) appreciation of discussion about current affairs. This pilot study contributes evidence about the acceptability of V-CST. Although access to CST in the United States is limited, expanded delivery of V-CST could fill service gaps.