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10/30/2015 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 4/6/2016 10:31:13 AM CENTRAL
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PCMH Specialists Published in Professional Publications

Janice Lundy, Director of Social Work and Geriatric Care Management, and Deborah Hayden, Director of Occupational Therapy, both specialists at Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), have recently been published in several professional publications regarding their work with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST). 

Lundy and Hayden were featured in the October 2015 publication of ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners and in the September 2015 publication of JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.  They were also recently featured in a publication from the Saint Louis University School of Social Work and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. 

CST is a group treatment program offered at PCMH for patients facing mild to moderate dementia. CST is the most promising non-medication treatment to date in improving cognition, language, and overall quality of life.  It has proven to greatly improve memory, concentration, communication, mood, confidence, and at times, behavior.  Unlike many treatment options, CST has no known side-effects.

The CST program offered at PCMH 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.  To maintain and continue to improve in the areas of cognition and quality of life, after the initial treatment program, patients are encouraged to continue CST once a week.

 “We are proud to be able to say that PCMH was one of the first locations to offer CST and that our staff has been recognized for the results from this program,” stated Patrick Carron, President/CEO of PCMH.  “Due to their pioneering work in this field, Lundy and Hayden are two of only three National CST trainers for the United States.  They will be working with Saint Louis University to train providers across the state in the coming months.”

For CST to be most effective, early intervention is critical.  If you or a family member are 55 years or older and suffer from mild to moderate  memory loss, have a family history of dementia, and/or feel the need to be screened for memory issues, please contact your physician for a referral or call Janice Lundy with Perry County Memorial Hospital at (573)768-3387.  PCMH is currently accepting new patients to the CST program.  The CST program is partially funded by the Perry County Senior Tax Commission.  To learn more about CST, visit our website at www.pchmo.org/services-CST.aspx.

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