SAIDO Learning Memory Support

Hope for people living with Dementia

Eliza Jennings is the first location in the United States to offer SAIDO Learning®, an innovative proven method for improving the quality of life for older adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other symptoms of dementia. SAIDO has been practiced in Japan for more than 11 years with impressive results, and empirical data have proven its effectiveness.

For the first time, we can do more than simply care for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, we can now treat the symptoms and set goals for improvement. SAIDO is a non-pharmaceutical intervention that is proven to improve and even reverse memory loss among older adults with cognitive impairment. This breakthrough, life-transforming treatment is available in the United States through Eliza Jennings.

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How SAIDO Learning Works

The SAIDO method involves a caregiver (called a “Supporter”) trained to work with two older adults (called “Learners”) by engaging them in simple arithmetic, writing and reading exercises for 30 minutes.  

In every case, Eliza Jennings residents participating in SAIDO have shown marked improvement. They are much more engaged in daily activities, they eat better, are more socially engaged with caregivers, family and friends, and are generally more optimistic about life and daily living.

SAIDO was developed by the Kumon Institute of Education of Osaka, Japan, in conjunction with Professor Ryuta Kawashima of the Smart Aging International Research Center at Tohoku University in Sendai. The goal of SAIDO is not to simply provide care for individuals with dementia, but to actually reverse or slow the progress of the disease, and thus improve the quality of life for older adults.

SAIDO is offered at all Eliza Jennings communities and facilities. 

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SAIDO Learning in the New York Times

“Programs like SAIDO Learning, which was developed in Japan to address working memory in the prefrontal cortex through handwriting, math and reading out loud, offer other benefits and may help slow memory loss and other normal symptoms of aging.” Read more in this New York Times article.

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