One-of-a-kind new treatment can help ward off dementia

Seasons of the brain

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Many people are forgetful now and then, but there is a way to tell if that forgetfulness is a sign of something more. Home Care Assistance is a division of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, and they’re using a new tool that may actually be able to slow the progression of dementia.

The Cognitive Therapeutics Method is an activity-based cognitive stimulation program to help older adults stay independent and mentally sharp. Home Care Assistance is the only local organization with a kit filled with activities that can slow the progression of dementia and delay the onset of new symptoms. The kit consists of 20 evidence-based one-on-one activities that caregivers do with patients, like a maze on paper or a memory game like “Go Fish.”

Five domains of the brain
Five domains of the brain

The kit helps with five domains of the brain, including memory, executive functioning, attention, language, and visual-spatial perception.

To learn more about Home Care Assistance and what they offer, visit their website or call (616) 243-0835.

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