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date: 01 October 2020

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There is good evidence for the rehabilitative effectiveness of mobile computing devices as compensatory aids for cognitive difficulties. The vast majority of this research has been conducted with younger adults or children, rather than older adults, and weak research designs limit the conclusions that can be drawn from studies with small samples. While it is reasonable to be hopeful about applicability to older adults, research formally establishing this is a priority. This chapter lays out a framework for the generalization of research findings, voices a call to focus on development of mainstream platforms and devices wherever possible to protect longevity of interventions, and exhorts researchers and clinicians to embrace robust single-case experimental design methodology. In concert, these approaches have the greatest probability of guiding our understanding of the most effective use of mobile computing technology for cognition in older adults, and leading to improvements in the interventions delivered in rehabilitation services for older adults with cognitive impairment.

Keywords: older adults, cognition, cognitive impairment, rehabilitation, compensation, technology, assistive technology, mobile computing, cognitive prosthesis, universal design

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