Award Date: 2021
Project Lead(s): Brandon Vasquez, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Project Title: Remote Calendar Application Training for Older Adults with Memory Impairment
Memory difficulties are common in older adults and can be worsened by a variety of neurological conditions such as stroke, cardiac arrest, or mild cognitive impairment. Memory impairment can limit independence and social connectedness and increase the potential for loneliness. Baycrest’s Memory Link program involves training memory-impaired individuals to use their smartphone as an external memory aide. The one-of-a-kind training method, developed at Baycrest, leads to improved day-to-day memory, independent functioning, and quality of life. The current project aims to test our newly developed Memory Link Calendar mobile application in older adults with varying levels of memory dysfunction. The Memory Link Calendar is designed to simplify remote program delivery and dramatically reduce overall training duration, allowing trainers to provide intervention services to a greater volume of clients.