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Cognitive Rehabilitation

Click on the links below to see our leaflets about cognitive rehabilitation:

‌‌Information for people with dementia/carers (with examples of therapy goals and short case studies)

Information for health professionals


Goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation is an intervention that enables people with early-stage dementia to function at the best possible level and remain as independent as possible in everyday activities. The aim of cognitive rehabilitation is to reduce functional disability by drawing on retained strengths and supporting adaptive behavior. Cognitive rehabilitation involves working with a therapist (an experienced health professional) to try to manage the impact that memory difficulties can have on everyday life, such as activities, relationships, and enjoyment of life.

A therapist works with each individual to formulate achievable and personally-meaningful goals relating to everyday activities are identified. These are areas where the person with dementia wishes to see improvements. A therapist will draw on a range of evidence-based strategies and techniques to help the person achieve these goals. Initial evidence from our pilot study suggests that this new treatment can be helpful for people who had attended a memory clinic and also for their family members.

The image below shows the types of activities that the therapist may work on with the person with dementia in cognitive rehabilitation.

Cognitive rehabilitation diagram

Examples of activities in cognitive rehabilitation.