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SmartPrompt Electronic Reminder Aid to Improve Everyday Function in People With Dementia


This study is evaluating the use of SmartPrompt, a smartphone-based electronic reminder aid designed to help people with dementia complete everyday tasks.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
18 Years N/A All Yes
March 13, 2020
April 1, 2021

Participants With Dementia

  • At least 65 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Diagnosis of mild dementia
  • Mild-level cognitive impairment as measured by a tool such as the Mini-Mental State Exam
  • Availability of a caregiver


  • 18 years or older
  • Fluent in English
  • Resides with or has daily contact with the person with dementia
  • Cognitively healthy with no diagnosis of dementia or other major health problems that would stop them from providing reliable information and participating in the study

Participants With Dementia

  • History of severe psychiatric disorder (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) and/or nervous system infections or disorders (e.g., epilepsy, brain tumor, large-vessel stroke, and major head trauma)
  • Major intellectual disability
  • Current metabolic or systemic disorders (e.g., B12 deficiency, renal failure, and cancer)
  • Severe sensory deficits, such as blindness or total hearing loss, that would interfere with viewing a smartphone or other everyday objects or with hearing the task directions
  • Severe motor weakness that would not allow the use of a smartphone or other everyday objects (e.g., paralysis or severe deformities of both arms)

SmartPrompt is a smartphone application designed for older adults with difficulties remembering to do daily tasks because of cognitive impairment. In this study older adults with mild dementia and their care partners will be trained to use SmartPrompt and then asked to use the application to perform a target task, such as drinking water, eating meals, or taking medications in their homes twice per day for two weeks.

Researchers will investigate whether the reminder application is effective in helping adults with dementia work around sensory and motor challenges to complete tasks. They will also assess barriers and facilitators for the application's use, which could help inform future studies.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Temple University
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19121 Recruiting Tania Giovannetti, Ph.D.

Temple University

Name Phone Email
Tania Giovannetti, PhD 2152044296


Feasibility of the SmartPrompt for Improving Everyday Function in Dementia