Led by neuropsychologist and Executive Director of Research and Development at Home Care Assistance, Dr. Samuel T. Gontkovsky, a team of cognition experts released a guide to non-pharmacological neurocognitive care, The Cognitive Therapeutics Method: Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Slowing the Cognitive and Functional Decline Associated with Dementia. The authors were inspired by requests from patients and their family members for a well-researched guide that provides an understanding of the various causes of neurocognitive disorder—from Alzheimer’s disease to Parkinson’s disease to Frontotemporal decline, among others—and the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions as a means to slowing cognitive and functional decline. The group is confident the book will be a highly important contribution to neurocognitive care and aging literature.
Neurocognitive Disorder, previously referred to as dementia, has been called the most significant global health challenge of the 21st century. As such, it has become increasingly important for clinicians and other professionals who work with older adults to have a thorough understanding of neurocognitive decline and the types of interventions most effective in improving cognition and functioning. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method builds upon the growing interest in the role of neuroplasticity in improved functioning in older adults living with diseases that can cause cognitive decline.
“Interventions targeting major cognitive disorder have become the veritable hot topic not only in neuropsychology and research settings, but also in the broader gerontology care circles,” said Dr. Samuel Gontkovsky, Executive Director of Research and Development of Home Care Assistance. “There has been increasing excitement as our understanding of neuroplasticity grows. However, it has been challenging for medical professionals and scholars to find a well-researched, balanced text that covers the area of non-medical treatments for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. We are addressing this gap with our book, which explores the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions in cognitive disorder.”
The Cognitive Therapeutics Method is a necessary addition to the library of every clinician, scholar, researcher, and other professional who routinely works with older adults. Through a well-balanced and engaging analysis of the current literature and an exploration of the evidence around the myriad modalities of non-pharmacological interventions targeting problematic behaviors, mood problems, overall functioning, quality of life and cognitive and functional declines, the book fills an important gap in our current approach to cognitive care.
“Our Research and Development Team at Home Care Assistance is bringing innovation to home care like never before, said Lily Sarafan, President of Home Care Assistance. “The Cognitive Therapeutics Method is a science-based cognitive stimulation program that is administered one-on-one to individuals with symptoms of neurocognitive impairment. While these types of programs have typically been reserved for clinical settings, CTM interventions are administered in the home where nine out of ten seniors prefer to live out their lives. Through this program and other Home Care Assistance initiatives, we hope to honor the wishes of the thousands of clients we’re privileged to serve – to remain in the comfort of home with trained, compassionate caregivers who can attend to their evolving needs.”
Home Care Assistance caregivers are professionally trained through our Cognitive Therapeutics Method program (CTM) to promote increased daily functioning through cognitive rehabilitation in the familiar home environment. The activities administered in CTM may delay the onset of symptoms by as many as 5 years for individuals who have not yet developed dementia, and can delay the progression of existing symptoms of cognitive decline. This program is one of a growing list of offerings in Home Care Assistance’s dementia care suite of services, which includes specialized caregiver trainings through Home Care Assistance University and various printed resources and public webinars for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The fifth book in our award-winning senior wellness book series, Mind Over Gray Matter: A New Approach to Dementia Care, received overwhelming praise for its accessible approach and practical guidance around dementia care and evidence-based techniques to improve the quality of life of those living with dementia.
Having a professional caregiver in the home is beneficial to both the client and the client’s family. Family members can take a break from their hectic caregiving schedules to relax and recharge, knowing that their loved one is receiving the highest-quality care available. Offering individualized care plans in the home also allows clients to maintain privacy and supports optimal function without the confusion and stress of adjusting to facility living.
For more information about CTM, an activity-based cognitive intervention program designed to delay the onset of new symptoms and the progression of existing symptoms in individuals experiencing cognitive decline, visit www.CognitiveTherapeutics.com.