Cuing Prospective Memory With Smartphone-Based Calendars in Alzheimer's Disease

Mohamad El Haj, Ahmed A. Moustafa, Karim Gallouj, Philippe Allain

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OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effect of using smartphone-based calendars (Google and Outlook Calendar) on prospective memory in Alzheimer's disease (AD). 

METHODS: we recruited two groups of participants with mild AD. In one group, prospective memory was cued by a paper-and-pencil calendar, whereas in the second group prospective memory was cued by a smartphone calendar application. After 2 weeks of training to familiarize the participants with calendar use, we invited participants to perform three prospective events per week (e.g., remembering to go to the grocery store) during a 3-week period. Events were cued either by the paper- or smartphone-based calendar. 

RESULTS: we observed fewer omissions of prospective events in the smartphone-based calendar group than in the paper-based calendar group. 

CONCLUSIONS: our study suggests positive effects of smartphone calendar applications on prospective memory in AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-321
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Issue number3
Early online date6 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


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