Task Sequencing & Dementia Study

Observational Study

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Full study title:Understanding Task Sequencing in People with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia to Inform the Use of Mixed Reality


What is the study about?

The goal of this study is to understand the difficulties people can have with completing everyday tasks and use this knowledge to inform the use of mixed reality (i.e., physical and virtual) technologies for people with MCI and dementia. This study involves participants completing three everyday tasks while being video recorded: (1) making a cup of coffee/tea, (2) folding laundry, (3) making a bed.


Eligibility – Who can participate?

Older adults with either:

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Mild to moderate dementia
  • Healthy volunteers without cognitive impairment


All participants must:

  • Be age 60-85
  • Be fluent in English
  • Complete a memory test
  • Have no physical or sensory impairments


Time requirement

Meet with a member of the study team for a single 1-hour session at the ‘Home Lab’ within the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to complete memory testing, a demographic survey, and three household tasks.


TDRA study investigator

Dr. Arlene Astell

TDRA Site:

Toronto Rehab Institute-University Health Network

Address: 550 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2A2

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The listing of a study on the Toronto Dementia Network (TDN) is for informational purposes only. The safety, efficacy or scientific validity of the studies listed here have not been evaluated by The Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST) or the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA). The TDRA is an academic coalition among the University of Toronto and four memory clinics across Toronto at Baycrest, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the University Health Network. The information collected will be kept and guarded by TDRA. Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Before you participate in a study, you should make sure you understand the risks and potential benefits and discuss all options with your health care provider(s).