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Research in Practice II: Spaced Retrieval, A Memory Intervention

MALONE, MEGAN L. MA, CCC-SLP; SKRAJNER, MICHAEL J. MA; CAMP, CAMERON J. PHD; NEUNDORFER, MARCIA PHD; GORZELLE, GREGG J. BA

FEATURE TOPIC: KEEPING IN TOUCH: COMMUNICATION AND CARING
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Spaced retrieval (SR) is a memory intervention that can assist persons with dementia in recalling important information such as facts (names of family members) or strategies (how to lock wheelchair brakes) over progressively longer intervals of time. SR has been effective in helping speech-language pathologist clients recall and maintain their treatment goals and in assisting persons with human immunodeficiency virus-related dementia in adhering to their medication schedules. A variety of studies focusing on implementing SR are reviewed, along with a project focused on the development of an online course in SR for professionals. In addition, we describe an ongoing study investigating the use of SR with persons with dementia and type 2 diabetes in maintaining medication schedules and recalling dietary recommendations.

Megan L. Malone, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist/research associate with Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio, overseeing federally and privately funded research grants focused on implementing interventions for persons with dementia.

Michael J. Skrajner, MA, is a research associate at Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. He oversees federally and privately funded research grants and has been with the institute for 5 years.

Cameron J. Camp, PhD, is director and senior research scientist at Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. His research focuses on designing interventions for persons with dementia.

Marcia Neundorfer, PhD, is a senior research scientist at Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. Dr Neundorfer has led several federally and privately funded grants in the area of aging, focusing specifically on older adults living with HIV.

Gregg J. Gorzelle, BA, is a research associate and project manager for Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. He has managed projects on Montessori-based Dementia Programming® and using adaptive technology with older adults.

Address correspondence to: Cameron J. Camp, PhD, Myers Research Institute, 27100 Cedar Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. E-mail: ccamp@myersri.com.

The research projects discussed in this article were funded by the following sources: (1) Grant #MH069199-01 from the National Institute of Mental Health (C. Camp and M. Neundorfer, co-PIs); (2) Grants #AG17908 (C. Camp and M. Bourgeois, co-PIs), #AG17908S, #AG19016 (C. Camp, PI), and #AG022253 (T. Slominski, PI) from the National Institute on Aging; and (3) Grant #2006-079 from the Retirement Research Foundation (C. Camp, PI).

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