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Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention

by Jeanette Benigas, Jennifer Brush and Gail Elliot Health Professions Press
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Pbk 168 pages
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Spaced retrieval (SR) is a memory training technique where users learn or relearn information through exposure and rehearsal of important details. This therapeutic communication strategy has proven an effective way to improve the memory and functional independence of people who have dementia or other memory loss. With a step-by-step process and illustrative case studies, this practical resource walks readers through the implementation of SR methods and demonstrates the many positive benefits to be gained.    


A complete history of research evidence behind SR underscores the method’s validity and varied applications. Readers can easily apply the simple explanations of how to develop and implement a plan to increase safety, support independence, and enhance function for any person who struggles to remember.    


For therapists; nursing staff; social workers; health aides in home care, long-term care, hospitals, and rehabilitation settings
As a Montessorian focused on care for the aging, this is a must read. Spaced Retrieval Step by Step has been needed for a long time, and I celebrate its arrival. The ability to change lives by improving quality of life for persons living with dementia and their caregivers is within the pages of this fabulous book. With a technique that is easy for anybody to learn and with the potential to achieve amazing outcomes, this is one of the most powerful books ever written to help people living with dementia do so with dignity, respect, and independence.
Jeanette E. Benigas is Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Jennifer A. Brush is a consultant, researcher, and privately practicing speech-language pathologist.


Gail Elliot is Founder and CEO, DementiAbility Enterprises, Inc.