Memory skills elders want to improve

Exp Aging Res. 1990 Autumn;16(3):155-8. doi: 10.1080/07340669008251544.


While many research studies have investigated memory training for elders, none have asked which specific memory skills elders would like to improve. This study investigates two related questions. First, which memory skills elders would like to improve? Second, is there a common set of these memory skills? Elders completed a three-part questionnaire. First, it asked for subject demographics. Second, it asked for the first, second, third, and then all other memory skills they would most like to improve. Finally, it asked elders to rate the importance of 10 specific memory skills. The results indicate that elders share a common set of memory skills they wish to improve. They are: (a) people's names, (b) important dates, (c) location of household objects, (d) recent and past events, (e) meetings and appointments, (f) information and facts, (g) general improvement, and (h) medication. One conclusion from these findings is that at least some memory training research should focus on these specific memory skills.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Memory
  • Memory Disorders / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires