An Agile Development Cycle of an Online Memory Program for Healthy Older Adults

Iris Yusupov*, Susan Vandermorris, Cindy Plunkett, Arlene Astell, Jill B. Rich, Angela K. Troyer

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Online interventions for older adults should be tailored to their unique needs to increase the efficacy of and adherence to the intervention. The agile development cycle is a dynamic model to solicit and incorporate feedback from older adults during the design process. We combined this approach with the framework of Harvard University's clinical and translational phases that provide a clear structure for evaluating new health programs before they are offered in the community. We based our online memory program on the empirically validated in-person Memory and Aging Program. The aim of the present study was to combine the agile development cycle with the clinical and translational phases framework to develop and pilot an online memory program tailored to the unique needs of older adults. Study 1 involved piloting individual program modules on site and integrating participant feedback into the program's design to optimize usability. Study 2 involved two sequential pilots of the program accessed remotely to evaluate preliminary clinical outcomes and obtain feedback for iterative modifications. Plans for further validation and limitations are discussed. The successful application of the agile development cycle implemented in this series of studies can be adapted by others seeking to offer online content for targeted end users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-656
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal on Aging
Issue number4
Early online date8 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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