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This 60-minute webinar is brought to you by Prof Jon Evans
Synopsis of session: The ability to remember to do things is compromised in many neurological and psychological conditions. People with brain injury, dementia, depression, or psychosis have difficulties with prospective memory (PM) that makes it more difficult to function effectively in everyday life. Over the last two decades, we have demonstrated (in single-case experimental design studies, a randomised controlled trial, and meta-analysis) that technological solutions can support PM and improve everyday functioning. But uptake of reminding technology remains low amongst those who need it most. I will discuss our work on identifying barriers, to use of ‘off the shelf’ reminding technology, and current work on developing and evaluating, in conjunction with people with brain injury, a new reminding app – ApplTree. Our work with voice assistants, which offer an alternative means of supporting the learning of new tasks and remembering to do things, will also be described. Digital health interventions have great promise for supporting everyday functioning, but new technologies need to take proper account of the needs of people with cognitive impairment, ideally be co-designed with the people who will use them and be demonstrated to be both usable and useful.
Learning objectives: At the end of the webinar participants will:
1) Understand how reminding technology can support prospective memory and goal management
2) Know the evidence for the efficacy of reminding technology for improving everyday remembering in people with brain injury.
3) Understand the potential barriers to the uptake of reminding technology and potential solutions.
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