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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy MWF Mornings

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy


Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

Time: 10:15a- 11:15a
Location: Resilient Living Center | Gathering Room B
Facilitator: Erica DeFrancesco and Patty Richard
Cost: Members $440 | Non-Members $550

Designed for: Individuals experiencing mild to moderate disability
Open to: Exclusive to individuals experiencing mild disability or newly diagnosed

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Program Description: 
This course is designed exclusively for individuals experiencing early cognitive change to moderate dementia. CST has been found to improve general cognitive functioning, language comprehension and production, and quality of life. Each CST session is designed to stimulate thinking and memory, and connect with others in a fun, social, and relaxed atmosphere. The sessions follow a general theme, with activities chosen based on the interests of the group. Groups are limited to 6-8 participants. Our approach to brain fitness is an evidence-based practice referred to as Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and is delivered by LiveWell’s trained dementia specialists.

Participants will take active steps to: 
- Improve brain function 
- Maintain independence 
- Decrease depression 
- Build confidence 
- Improve self-esteem 

Facilitator Biography

Erica DeFrancesco MA OTD/L | Director of Community Education
Erica demonstrates her career long passion and excitement for collaborating and supporting older adults in every project she is involved in. As a master’s level occupational therapist and former professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University, Erica creates innovative compensatory strategies to continually identify and respond to each individual’s learning strengths.  As a pioneer member of The LiveWell Institute, and Director of Community Education, she facilitates and mentors other professionals for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), designs educational opportunities and partnerships for community awareness regarding dementia, champions Dementia Friendly communities and leads the developing LiveWell initiative, The Empowering Partnerships Network. 

Erica is a foodie, an avid reader, and lives with her husband and daughter. 

Facilitator Biography

Patty Richard | Community Engagement Partner
Patty loves both professional and personal opportunities to learn and grow every day!  She brings her dynamic people skills into each situation, focused on deep listening understanding. As a pioneer member of the LiveWell Faculty, she has directed her skillset to a deeper understanding Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), co-facilitating with a variety of partners and contributing ideas to the continued refinement of this strength-based best practice intervention.  She feels this program brings together some of the essential components of her own life; fitness, social interaction and interesting and diverse thought and conversation. She has witnessed relationships grow, bonds form, and enthusiasm from each of the participants who repeat the program over and over.  Patty’s enthusiasm for connecting with people impacted by dementia was inspired by her own experience as a care partner. Patty also administratively supports The LiveWell Institute and the launch of The Empowering Partnerships Network. She loves to work out regularly, travel with her husband and watch after her growing grandchildren.

Monday, February 12, 2024, 10:15 AM until Friday, April 19, 2024, 11:15 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Resilient Living Center | Gathering Room B
1261 South Main Street
Southington, CT  06479

Additional Info:
Resource Coordinator(s):
Peggy Johns
860.628.3004 (p)
Kristina Tighe
860.628.3053 (p)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

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