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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) reduces symptoms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early to moderate dementia.
We serve the USA and Canada, virtually, so that you can receive benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in the comfort of your own home.

What is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)?

Used in over 30 countries, cognitive stimulation therapy is a scientifically proven dementia therapy that improves cognition, memory, language skills, and willingness to join in conversation.

It’s delivered as a one-on-one or group dementia treatment where a facilitator leads activities that stimulate thinking.

Sessions are based on fundamental principles which include:

  • mental stimulation,
  • encouraging new ideas, thoughts, and associations,
  • orientation to time and place,
  • a focus on opinions rather than facts, and
  • letting learning and remembering happen naturally.

What are the Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy?

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy has been shown to improve areas of memory, language, and quality of life. In particular, improvements have been seen in:

Orientation to time and place

Performing commands involving one to 5 steps

Verbal recall

Auditory comprehension

Quality of speech

After completing cognitive stimulation therapy, people have rated their quality of life higher, and their carers have rated their own quality of life enhanced1. CST research has also shown a reduction in depression and anxiety for its participants.


CST has been shown to be more effective at improving cognition than common dementia medications (Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEI)).  However, when combined, synergy between CST and pharmaceuticals has shown a pronounced improvement2.

Cognitive stimulation therapy: Who is it for?

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Largest benefits have been seen with people early in dementia, including those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Significant benefits can still be achieved in the moderate stage provided the person can conduct a meaningful conversation. It is best that you or your loved one:

  • Can tolerate 1 hour of sitting,
  • have no significant hearing or visual impairment that would impact engagement,
  • have adequate English to engage in conversation, and
  • have the motivation and desire to participate (very important)

A brief assessment during intake will allow us to determine if you or a loved one are a good candidate for the therapy.

Researched and trialled for over 20 years, ​

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) has been proven to enhance quality of life, thinking ability, and memory.​

Recommendations for CST

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How does forBetterMinds deliver CST?

We bring CST to you virtually, through your laptop, iPad or tablet, in a group or one-on-one individual (iCST) format. Nothing is needed from you, except your computer, internet connection, and your attention!

CST takes the form of 14 sessions, twice per week for 7 weeks.  The sessions are enjoyable and engaging. Each session has its own theme, ranging from music, current affairs, and food. Maintenance cognitive stimulation therapy or mCST can also be enjoyed after the original sessions.


What have our clients said?

"My mother looks forward to each session. I notice a difference in her afterward."
— B. Noel
"Mrs. B is always brighter after her sessions with you. She is more engaged for the rest of the day."
— Catrina, Caregiver
"This was so pleasant and enjoyable. I feel great and look forward to my next appointment!"

How do I get started?

Fill in our contact form, and we will get back to you within 1 business day.
Our initial program is 14 sessions (7 weeks, 2 sessions per week). To make it easy for you to try it out, we currently offer an introductory session. The introductory session will be applied to the full program if you wish to continue.


1The Acceptability and Usefulness of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for Older Adults with Dementia: A Narrative Review. Toh, H.M., Ghazali, S. E., and Subramaniam, P. 2016.  * Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2016; 2016: 5131570.

2Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and cognitive stimulation, combined and alone, in treating individuals with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Devits, M., Masina, F., Mapelli, D., Anselmi, P., Sergi, G., and Coin, A. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2021 Nov; 33(11): 3039-3045.