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Smart Cueing for MCI and AD patients


This project objective is to design, implement, and evaluate automated cueing technologies to provide new intervention strategies for persons with MCI and AD. We hypothesize that older adults with MCI and AD can lead independent lives in their own homes with the aid of context based, automated smart cueing technologies tailored to the individual’s level (MCI, AD) of cognitive impairment and the complexity (low, high) of the IADL. To accomplish my objectives, we are determining the most appropriate and effective type of cues for assisting persons with MCI and AD in IADL initiation and completion in an experimenter-assisted smart apartment environment. We define “type” of cue as encompassing both the level of information and modality of presentation.We hypothesize that the most effective type of cue will depend on the individual?s level (MCI, AD) of cognitive impairment and complexity of IADL (low, high), and propose that using a graded hierarchy of cues will allow us to determine the best type of cues for individuals with MCI and AD and for low and high complexity IADLs.

Address Goals

Our goal is to keep persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) functioning independently in their homes longer, which will improve quality of life for patients and reduce burden on caregivers and society. This is novel research that has a tremendous impact on our aging population.