Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, CST, is an evidence-based group intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia.

Usually a group of up to ten people meet once or twice a week for 14 weeks.   Your coordinator will plan themed activities that aim to provide stimulation for thinking, concentration and memory.  Activities can include number games, creativity and categorising. 

 Research evidence suggests that CST can benefit cognitive function, quality of life, well-being, communication and social interacion. CST has also been recommended by the NICE SCIE Guidelines (2006) for all individuals with mild-moderate dementia. You can read more about CST at

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland recently trained a number of coordinators to run CST groups.  

Our Coodinators are now planning CST groups at the following locations:

Galway: Contact Joanne Hourigan on 086 785 2156 or for further information. 

Ballina/Killaloe for people living in North Tipperary,  Ennis Co. Clare, North Cork, North Kerry and Limerick: Contact Christina McKenna at 086 103 3050

Sligo: Contact Nuala Scully at 087 805 1286

If you are interested in CST and would like register your interest in future groups:

  • Call Tina Hannan or Elaine Crocker at 01 207 3819
  • Email


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