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An agile development cycle of an online memory program for health older adults

Yusupov, I., Rich, J., Plunkett, C., Astell, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6822-9472, Vandermorris, S. and Troyer, A. (2021) An agile development cycle of an online memory program for health older adults. Canadian Journal on Aging. ISSN 1710-1107 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

Newly developed interventions for older adults should be tailored to the unique needs of this age group in order to increase the efficacy of and adherence to the intervention. The agile development cycle is a dynamic model that holds promise as a means of soliciting and incorporating the feedback of older adults to ensure an online memory program is tailored to the intended end users. We combined this approach with the framework of Harvard University’s Clinical and Translational phases that provide a clear structure for evaluating a new health program before it is offered in the community. We based our online memory program on the empirically validated in-person Memory and Aging Program. The aim of the present study was to combine the agile development cycle with the Clinical and Translational phases framework to develop and pilot an online memory program tailored to the unique needs of older adults. Study 1 involved piloting individual program modules on-site and integrating participant feedback into the program’s design to optimize usability. Study 2 involved two sequential pilots of the program accessed remotely to evaluate preliminary clinical outcomes and obtain user feedback to inform iterative modifications. Plans for further validation and dissemination as well as limitations are discussed. The successful application of the agile development cycle implemented in this series of studies can be adapted by others seeking to offer online content to a targeted end-user.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Ageing
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:100345
Uncontrolled Keywords:online, memory, intervention, older adult, program development, eLearning
Publisher:Cambridge

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