A naturalistic study of prospective memory function in MCI and dementia

Thompson, Claire L., Henry, Julie D., Withall, Adrienne, Rendell, Peter G., and Brodaty, Henry (2011) A naturalistic study of prospective memory function in MCI and dementia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 50 (4). pp. 425-434.

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Objective. Naturalistic measures of prospective memory (PM) show less age-related decline than laboratory measures. We investigated whether a naturalistic measure of PM differentiates between normal ageing, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and dementia.

Method. Ninety-eight older adults agreed to perform a time-based PM task in their everyday lives.

Results. Despite a self-selection bias in task acceptance, dementia participants performed more poorly relative to both the MCI and control group. Performance on the naturalistic PM task showed good convergent validity with both a cognitive screening measure and a laboratory PM assessment.

Conclusions. PM difficulties are experienced in the everyday lives of people with dementia and are related to laboratory-based assessments but do not appear to be evident on a naturalistic task for those with MCI.

Item ID: 29117
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2044-8260
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 01:27
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 100%
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