One of the Centre’s latest projects, in partnership with Villa Maria Catholic Homes, is MemoryTrain. This project focuses on prospective memory function in both younger and older adults. Prospective memory is the memory of future intentions and is used in many daily activities that are critical for the maintenance of independence, particularly in late-adulthood.
Important prospective memory functions for independence may include remembering to take medication and turn off appliances. This project will uncover any age-related differences in prospective memory and establish whether it is possible to enhance the prospective memory function of healthy older adults through Brain Training. This will be achieved by conducting the first controlled study that uses prospective memory activities to directly train prospective memory. The results will have direct and immediate implications for clarifying how prospective memory function can be optimised in late adulthood.
Dr Skye McLennan
ARC Linkage Project “Acting with the Future in Mind” - A$360,900 (Total Project with Catholic Homes contribution) $242,000 (ARC funding)