Cognitive Stimulation Therapy


What is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy?

Cognitive stimulation therapy refers to a form of therapy used to stimulate and engage individuals, particularly those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, to maintain and preserve cognitive functioning. Cognitive stimulation therapy can be done for a wide variety of people, including people with healthy aging seniors, people with intellectual disabilities, and children.

Trained clinical providers can provide cognitive stimulation therapy. Traditionally, cognitive stimulation therapy has been provided for people living in residential facilities, hospitals, and day programs. However, it is possible to provide cognitive stimulation therapy one-on-one, in a group, via telehealth sessions, and in a classroom setting.

Does it work?

Widely studied in people with dementia, cognitive stimulation therapy has been effective. More research is needed to understand how cognitive stimulation therapy may benefit people with intellectual disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, and cognitive development in children.

Here are some of the many studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of cognitive stimulation therapy:

Farzana, F., Sreekanth, V., Mohiuddin, M. K., Mohan, V., Balakrishna, N., & Ahuja, Y. R. (2015). Can individual home‐based cognitive stimulation therapy benefit Parkinson’s patients with mild to moderate cognitive impairment?. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 30(4), 433-435.

Orrell, M., Aguirre, E., Spector, A., Hoare, Z., Woods, R. T., Streater, A., … & Russell, I. (2014). Maintenance cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia: single-blind, multicentre, pragmatic randomized controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 204(6), 454-461.

Spector, A., Thorgrimsen, L., Woods, B. O. B., Royan, L., Davies, S., Butterworth, M., & Orrell, M. (2003). Efficacy of an evidence-based cognitive stimulation therapy programme for people with dementia: randomized controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 183(3), 248-254.

Conditions that Benefit from Cognitive Stimulation


The loss of ability to think, reason, and remember can be frightening for anyone, particularly for elderly people. Cognitive stimulation therapy may help people living with dementia improve their cognitive functioning and avoid fast deterioration of cognitive functioning.

Alzheimer's Disease

Commonly thought of as the type of dementia that leads to an individual forgetting their identity, the identities of loved ones, losing their ability to speak, and losing their place in space and time. With Cognitive stimulation, you can provide therapy for your patients with Alzheimer’s disease that might help them learn strategies to assist with remembering loved ones and recalling words they would like to say.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to tremors, rigid muscles, speech, and writing changes. Parkinson’s disease can cause someone to develop cognitive impairment. Cognitive stimulation may help reduce the severity and rapidity of decline in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Intellectual Disabilities

Cognitive stimulation therapy may help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn strategies that might help them regulate their emotions and behavior and build cognitive skills that may help them gain employment or become more independent.

Learning Disabilities

Cognitive stimulation therapy may help children have fun while challenging their brains to learn strategies that may help them succeed academically and socially. By providing young minds with ample opportunities to stimulate their brain, you might help foster their cognitive development which will help them succeed as they grow.

Using HappyNeuron Pro for cognitive stimulation

With our adaptability features, the exercises can be tailored to the patient’s specific needs and made to be the appropriate difficulty level for them.


HappyNeuron Pro’s exercises can be used with individual patients, and in a group therapy context. They may be completed remotely or in person, and home workouts can be assigned to the patient so they get consistent practice in between sessions with the clinician.

Recommended exercises

Patient’s using HappyNeuron Pro for cognitive stimulation will often have deficits in their memory, attention, and/or executive functioning skills. We recommend getting familiar with all of our exercises. You can learn more about each individual exercise on our site, and discern which exercises will be the most effective for your patient. As an introduction, here are some of our most popular exercises for cognitive stimulation:

Memory exercises


Visual & Verbal Working Memory

Shapes and Colors 

Visual Memory 

Words, Where Are You? 

Verbal & Spatial Memory


Spatial Memory

Attention exercises

Ancient Writing

Pattern Recognition  

Private Eye

Visual Attention 

Find Your Way! 


Two Timing

Divided Attention 

Executive function exercises

Basketball in NY



Deductive Reasoning 

Hurray for Change

Switching Tasks 

Ready, Steady, Count!

Arithmetic Reasoning


  • Cognitive stimulation is appropriate for patients with dementia, Parkinson’s, learning disabilities, or intellectual disabilities.
  • Cognitive stimulation may help patients preserve and maintain cognitive function and may help decline to occur more slowly in patients with dementia.
  • Individuals can work on preserving memory, attention, executive functioning skills, and other cognitive skills with HappyNeuron Pro.
  • HappyNeuron Pro’s adaptable cognitive exercises can be tailored to the patient’s unique needs.
  • HappyNeuron Pro can be used in a variety of contexts so that the patient is able to get consistent cognitive exercise.