Research : PRISM


PRISM Field Trial

The Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) is conducting a cross-site randomized field trial to evaluate a simple to use Personalized Reminder Information and Social Management System (PRISM) designed to support social connectivity, memory, skill building and resource access for older adults. The design of the system and chosen features were motivated by theories regarding successful aging, the existing literature regarding problems and challenges confronting older adults, and findings from our previous researches regarding factors that influence the adoption and usability of technology by older people.

The objective of the research study is to test and evaluate the impact of a Personalized Reminder Information and Social Management (PRISM) system designed to support social connectivity, memory, skill building, access to community resources, and to support the well-being and quality of life of older adults. The goal of the study is to gather systematic evidence about the value of technology for older adults and to identify factors that affect use and usability, acceptance and technology adoption.


Access to information and services related to aging including organizations such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Area Agency on Aging, Administration on Aging, and social Security Administration.
Access to health care services and organizations that promote successful aging, along with a variety of wellness activities, such as exercise tips and nutritional guidelines for healthy aging.
Opportunities for social interaction allowing opportunities to communicate with friends and family, as well as with people whom shares similar interests.
Recreational and educational opportunities on a variety of topics such as travel, sports, history, fall prevention, and how to’s on communicating with health care providers and preparing for appointments with a doctor.
Support for memory using a calendar system for events, such as birthdays, holidays, appointments, trash days, etc.
The target population is older adults who live at home alone and are at risk for isolation. To find out more about the study click here or call 305-355 9200 for recruitment information.