Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

Being able to remember a simple daily routine can mean the difference between independent living and life in a nursing home for people with memory loss associated with aging and other forms of cognitive decline.

A new device developed at Washington State University and designed to work with smart home systems would provide memory cues to help residents get back on track when they are unsure of what to do next.

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, professor of psychology, is part of WSU’s Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems (CASAS). Her team of graduate students is working with colleagues in electrical engineering and computer science to develop technology to help people remember to do tasks like taking their medicine, preparing meals and performing physical therapy exercises.

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