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Dementia (London). 2019 Mar 11:1471301219836001. doi: 10.1177/1471301219836001. [Epub ahead of print]

Interacting with television in one's own home: The development of a cognitive stimulation television pilot episode for older people with dementia (Innovative Practice).

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Research and Development, North East London Foundation Trust, Ilford, UK; Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.


Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is a well-established, cognition-based intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia. However, it can be difficult for older people with dementia, particularly those living alone, to access Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups in the community. Television offers familiar technology with potential to transmit material similar to that used in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups. Consequently, an interactive pilot television episode of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy was devised that adheres to the key principles and session themes of group Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. Consideration was given to the suitability of resources, on-screen visual cues, time given for the person with dementia viewing to process, consider and answer questions, possible interactions with the audience, and the grading of activities. The aim of the pilot episode was to be accessible in the home of the person with dementia, by themselves or with a caregiver, with the potential for enjoyment and cognitive stimulation similar to that seen in group Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.


Cognitive Stimulation Therapy; dementia; implementation; innovative practice; quality of life; television


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