Real-World Compensatory Strategy Use

  • End date
    Aug 15, 2025
  • sponsor
Updated on 13 March 2023
Online studies
Accepts healthy volunteers


Older adults often spontaneously utilize compensatory strategies, or behaviors intended to make up for or work around a perceived deficit, to support successful completion of daily activities. In this study, we aim to enhance understanding of everyday functioning and compensatory strategy use in aging adults. Data collected will be used to characterize compensatory strategy use in everyday life of older adults, and to identify intrinsic (e.g., memory) and extrinsic (e.g., stigma) factors that may promote and hinder use of compensatory strategies. The data will also be used to inform intervention development. Participants will be compensated with an honorarium and brief written report.


Prior to enrollment in the study, potential participants will complete a screening telephone call to determine if the potential participant meets inclusion criteria. Participants who meet inclusion criteria and express interest in enrolling in the study, will then be scheduled for two testing sessions with a research assistant that will be conducted remotely from their respective homes via Zoom. Prior to the first testing session, participants will be mailed a packet of materials containing the consent form, questionnaires, and other paper materials necessary for the testing sessions. At the start of the first testing session, the consent form will be reviewed, and written consent will be obtained. Research assistants will collect standardized neuropsychological testing data, health and mood questionnaires, and an experimental semi-structured battery of real-world tasks designed to assess everyday functioning and to capture information about compensatory strategy usage. Testing sessions will occur at two time points that are approximately two weeks apart. Each session will take approximately 3 hours to complete, with breaks built into the protocol. Following completion of the second testing session, participants will return their paper testing materials and questionnaires to the laboratory through a provided prepaid envelope. Participants will also be asked to identify a friend or family member who may be willing to complete a 45-60 minute telephone interview pertaining to the participants’ current functioning (optional). The interview will consist of informant-report versions of the questionnaires completed by the participant and additional questionnaires about everyday functioning. If participants decide to complete the optional smart watch data collection, they will be sent one smart watch (Apple Watch) to wear throughout the day for a two week period. The smart watch will continually collect sensor data as they perform their daily activities. Participants will occasionally be queried (up to 4 times a day) to complete a brief cognitive task and answer questions about their emotional/mental state and compensatory strategy use.

Condition Mild Cognitive Impairment, Healthy volunteer, Caregiver
Clinical Study IdentifierTX310331
Last Modified on13 March 2023


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Inclusion Criteria

age 50 or older
fluent in English (anticipate approval to test in Spanish by April of 2023)

Exclusion Criteria

individuals under the age of 50
individuals who meet criteria for dementia
individuals with a history of recent or current substance abuse
individuals with severe vision or hearing difficulties
informants under the age of 18
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