PRISM (Personal Reminder Information & Social Management) System

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Technology has the potential to improve the independence and quality of life for older people by providing access to information and services, enhancing access to health care services, augmenting memory functioning, and providing increased opportunities for social interaction, recreation, and education. The goal of this study is to evaluate an easy to use computer-based system, called Personal Reminder Information & Social Management System (PRISM). PRISM was designed to support social connectivity, memory, skill building, and access to community resources. We conducted a field trial with PRISM to examine the impact of such a system on older adults for factors such as social isolation, well-being, computer attitudes, and technology adoption (Czaja et al., 2015). We have developed PRISM 2.0 and are now testing it in the field.

Relevant PRISM 1.0 Publications:

Mitzner, T. L., Savla, J., Boot, W. R., Sharit, J., Charness, N., Czaja, S. J., & Rogers, W. A. (2018). Technology Adoption by Older Adults: Findings From the PRISM Trial. The Gerontologist.

Boot, W. R., Moxley, J. H., Roque, N. A., Andringa, R., Charness, N., Czaja, S. J., ... & Rogers, W. A. (2018). Exploring Older Adults’ Video Game Use in the PRISM Computer System. Innovation in Aging, 2(1), igy009.

Yoon, J. S., Charness, N., Boot, W. R., Czaja, S. J., & Rogers, W. A. (2017). Depressive Symptoms as a Predictor of Memory Complaints in the PRISM Sample. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Czaja, S. J., Boot, W. R., Charness, N., Rogers, W. A., & Sharit, J. (2017). Improving social support for older adults through technology: findings from the PRISM randomized controlled trial. The Gerontologist, gnw249.

Czaja, S. J., Boot, W. R., Charness, N., Rogers, W. A., Sharit, J., Fisk, A. D., ... & Nair, S. N. (2015). The Personalized Reminder Information and Social Management System (PRISM) Trial: Rationale, methods, and baseline characteristics. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 40, 35-46.

Boot, W. R., Sharit, J., Czaja, S. J., Charness, N., & Rogers, W. (2016). Exploring the relationship between computer proficiency and computer use over time in the PRISM trial. In Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Healthy and Active Aging (pp. 300-307). Springer International Publishing.