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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and Enrichment Group

Are you experiencing problems with memory?
Are you isolated due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
Are you having difficulty completing tasks on your to-do list?

If so, we invite you to join our free virtual cognitive skills program! This student-led program:

  • Exercises cognitive skills such as attention and memory
  • Provides social engagement in an interactive group format
  • Includes interactive seminars on topics related to aging
  • Is for individuals who live in Cape County who are 60 years of age or older

Participants attend safely via Zoom, a user-friendly, secure online meeting platform which can be accessed from any location using a tablet, smartphone, or computer. Training will be provided for caregivers and individuals who wish to participate.

No access to internet? Participants are welcome to come to the Center and join the Zoom meeting from an individual, privatetherapy room!

Equipment rental and transportation provided by the Center may be available for those in need.

Register Now

For questions or registration, contact the Center for Speech and Hearing at (573) 651-2050 or email bahmad@semo.edu 

 

About the Program

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy uses an evidence-based protocol which has been used for those at risk or diagnosed with mild-moderate dementia. Reminiscence, multisensory, and implicit learning approaches are employed to stimulate language, executive functioning, information retrieval, orientation, and memory. This person-centered care focuses on maintaining and improving emotional, relational, and social skills. Funded by the Cape Girardeau County Senior Tax Grant, the program meets immediate needs of senior adults secondary to COVID-19 isolation. Individuals at risk for or already experiencing cognitive decline are able to connect, engage, and access resources safely, in a socially-distant format.

Two hours of group therapy and enrichment activities will be provided once a week for individuals over 60 years of age, living in Cape Girardeau County. The first hour of the program will be focused on group Cognitive Stimulation Therapy provided by graduate speech-language pathology students. The second hour will provide informative, interactive seminars on various topics related to cognition, aging, health, health literacy, and exercise.

Individuals can use a tablet, smartphone, or computer to access the virtual Zoom meeting from any location. For those with limited access to technology, the Center will provide individual treatment rooms for use. Transportation is available with COVID-19 precautions in place. Please contact Amy Herren at (573)651-2050 for more information.

Contact

Jayanti Ray
Chair
Communication Disorders
Phone: (573) 651-2155
jray@semo.edu
Office: Grauel 112F

Center for Speech and Hearing
402 N. Pacific
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701