A recent study published in the online journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation shows that memory impaired individuals can benefit from being trained to use smartphones. The study wanted to prove that memory impaired individuals could be helped by the use of new technologies to help them regain some of their independence.
Researchers believed that smartphones have great storage capacity along with alarms and other devices that can help memory impaired individuals remember important things. Each person in the 10 person study was given instructions on how to schedule appointments and reminders.
A second part of the study involved those patients completing the task of making phone calls over a two week period. Following this two week period the group filled out questionnaires designed to find memory mistakes.
The results showed that the group was very successful in remembering how to use the device and in achieving their daily goals. Their day to day memory functioning was also greatly increased. The participants in the study suffered from memory problems caused by injuries and not neurodegenerative problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
It is encouraging that health aides can use a smartphone as an effective tool while providing care for a loved one with memory problems. Smartphones can help those offering in home assistance to seniors to remember critical care issues like medication times and important doctor appointments.