Prospective Memory Training: Outlining a New Approach

Emily R. Waldum, Carolyn L. Dufault, Mark A. McDaniel

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Prospective memory (PM) tasks are those that must be performed in the future (e.g., attend an appointment). While these everyday tasks can be especially relevant for older adults (i.e., medication adherence), and have been associated with age-related decline, PM has been virtually overlooked in the cognitive training domain. This article describes the first comprehensive PM training intervention. Older adults (age 55 to 75) who received training completed 8 weekly PM training sessions that consisted of variable PM training tasks, strategy-focused discussion, and homework assignments. Those assigned to a control group completed only the first and last training task. On both a real-world proxy PM transfer task and the training tasks detailed here, there was a positive impact of PM training, suggesting practical benefits of the current training package for older adults. Benefits may also extend to other special populations who experience PM impairments (e.g., traumatic brain injury [TBI], Parkinson's).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1211-1234
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • aging
  • event-based
  • intervention
  • prospective memory
  • time-based


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