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2/28/2014 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 2/28/2014 4:16:14 PM CENTRAL
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PCMH Introduces New Program to Improve Memory Loss

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) has received a grant from the Perry County Senior Services Tax Commission to provide a therapy program dedicated to improving memory loss for those suffering from mild to moderate dementia.  Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, and as many as 16 million will have the disease by 2050.  Due to this increasing trend, the hospital is dedicated to promoting and implementing programs and services to assist in early intervention and treatment.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) was designed by dementia experts at University College London through consistently reviewing literature on the main non-medication related dementia therapies.  The most effective therapies were combined to create the program.  Analysis suggested that CST is equally effective as several dementia drugs and led to significant improvements in quality of life.  In addition, CST has proven to greatly improve memory, concentration, communication, mood, confidence, and at times, behavior.  There were also no reported side-effects of CST.

The Cognitive Stimulation Therapy program, now being offered at PCMH, is conducted by a team of highly-skilled specialists. The CST team consists of Program Director, Janice Lundy, Geriatric Social Work Specialist; Debbie Hayden, Occupational Therapist; and Ann Brewster, Speech Therapist.  CST is a seven week group treatment program that meets for one hour, twice a week and works closely with the patient’s primary care physician in monitoring each patient’s progress.   

Janice Lundy, Program Director, explained the program is already seeing very positive outcomes.  “Our first group is in its sixth week and we are very excited about their progress.  Specifically, they are really enjoying the program and show signs of improved mood, communication, and comprehension.  We will be reassessing their cognition and quality of life at the end of the seven weeks and expect to see positive results.”

The grant funding provides transportation to and from sessions as well.  The program will also be taught to caregivers and volunteers who continue to provide the program to patients at the completion of the seven weeks.  In addition, PCMH has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a number of education programs and services that complement the memory loss program.

If you or a family member are 55 years or older and suffer from mild memory loss or feel the need to be screened for memory issues, please contact your physician for a referral or call Perry County Memorial Hospital at (573)768-3387.  PCMH is currently accepting patients to join the second group therapy program.