Everyday memory


LASA023 (B and F)

Contact: Hannie Comijs

Background
Everyday memory is based on the Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test (EMT), and is included to measure memory function in an ecologically valid way (Wilson et al. 1985). It measures memory as we use memory in daily life. Aspects of memory included are prospective memory (remembering to do something at a particular time) and intentional (purposeful) and accidental (unintentional) learning.

Measurement instrument in LASA
The version used in LASA is specially constructed for this study; psychometric properties were acceptable, but not very high (Smits, 1994, Smits et al. 1995). The items were mixed in with various parts of the interview. The respondent was asked to remember to choose the right colour ballpoint in a subsequent task (item 1), to remember the name of a girl in a photograph (item 2), to ask a particular question in response to an auditory cue (item 3), and to ask a particular question at the end of the testing session (item 4). Scores on the items ranged from (0) no response, even after being cued, (1) a correct response after being cued, and (2) Correct response without a cue. All item scores were summed up to obtain a EMT total score.

Questionnaires
LASAB023 / LASAF023 (main interview, in Dutch)

Variable information
LASAB023 / LASAF023
(pdf)

Availability in LASA per wave1 :  

 

B

C

D

E


2B*

F

G

H



3B*

MB*

I*

Everyday memory

Ma

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-

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Ma

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-

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-

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1 More information is available on:  
http://www.lasa-vu.nl/data/lasa/sampleLASAdatacollection.html

*  2B=baseline second cohort;
    3B=baseline third cohort;
    MB=migrants: baseline first cohort (Under Construction);
    I=Under Construction

Ma=data collected in main interview;

Previous use in LASA
Everyday memory is previously used in Smits et al. 1995 and 1997.

References

  1. Smits CHM. Everyday memory. In : Deeg DJH and Westendorp-de Seriere M (eds), Autonomy and well-being in the aging population. Report from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam 1992-1993. VU Uitgeverij, Amsterdam The Netherlands, 1994.
  2. Smits CHM, van Rijsselt RJT, Jonker C, Deeg DJH. Social participation and cognitive functioning in older adults. Interantional Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 1995, 10: 325-331.
  3. Smits CHM, Deeg DJ, Jonker C. Cognitive and emotional predictors of disablement in older adults. J Aging Health. 1997 May;9(2):204-21.
  4. Wilson BA, Cockburn J, Baddeley AD. The Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test. Thames Valley Test Co., Titchfield, 1985.