Memory loss is common after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and can greatly decrease an individual's sense of independence, negatively impacting on their quality of life. Researchers are trialling the use of the Google Calendar application as an innovative solution to this problem.

Research has previously found that traditional memory prompters, such as diaries or calendars, can successful compensate for thememory loss experienced by people with TBI.

One of the limitations of these options, however, is that they can be classified as "passive", as the TBI patient has to remember to look at them.

The Google Calendar application is considered "active" as a memory strategy as it can be programmed to include an audio alert, potentially making it more effective.

Google Calendar's other advantages include use by multiple people and it can be installed on a range of devices as per the user's convenience/preference.

Professor Natasha Lannin from LaTrobe University is leading a research team to assess the use of Google Calendar amongst a group ofTBI patients in Victoria.

If this research confirms the effectiveness of the application, it will allow for Google Calendar to be used amongst clients ofthe TAC and WorkSafe, hopefully leading to better health and quality of life outcomes for these individuals.

Status

This research is ongoing. Watch this space for updates.