This study describes the effectiveness of spaced retrieval training undertaken by 13 community-dwelling participants with dementia to help them remember personally relevant information or strategies during once-weekly sessions. At the completion of training sessions 12 participants correctly recalled and demonstrated appropriate use of the to-be-remembered information or strategy. At a 6-month follow-up assessment, five participants could still correctly recall and use the information or strategy and a further two, who were unable to correctly recall trained information, were nonetheless demonstrating usage in their daily activities. Acquisition, but not retention, of the to-be-remembered information was positively associated with Mini-Mental State Examination, Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test, and several domains of the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status.
- behavioral interventions
- spaced retrieval training