Prospective Memory in Older Adults: Where We Are Now and What Is Next

Matthias Kliegel, Nicola Ballhausen, Alexandra Hering, Andreas Ihle, Katharina M. Schnitzspahn, Sascha Zuber

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The interplay of cognitive abilities that constitute the process of 'remembering to remember' is referred to as prospective memory. Prospective memory is an essential ability to meet everyday life challenges across the life span, constitutes a key element of autonomy and independence and is especially important in old age with increasing social and health-related prospective memory demands. The present paper first presents major findings from the current state of the art in research on age effects in prospective memory. In a second part, it presents four focus areas for future research outlining possible conceptual, methodological, and neuroscientific advancements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-466
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Early online date3 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

M. Kliegel acknowledges financial support from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).


  • cognition
  • memory
  • daily life
  • prospective memory
  • everyday memory
  • multiprocess theory
  • emotion
  • intraindividual variability
  • electroencephalogram


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