SAIDO Learning Memory Support – Frequently Asked Questions

What is SAIDO Learning® and where is it available?

SAIDO Learning is a groundbreaking, non-pharmaceutical intervention that has been shown to reduce and even reverse symptoms of dementia. It is based on the concept that engaging in simple yet specific therapy, which stimulates the prefrontal cortex, can reverse symptoms of dementia.

SAIDO Learning is currently available through Eliza Jennings.

Who can benefit from this therapy?

An individual with any form and/or stage of dementia (other than alcohol-induced dementia) can benefit.

Are there eligibility requirements to participate?

A successful candidate is an individual with a diagnosis of moderate-stage dementia who is able to participate in therapy sessions. The therapy can also be provided bedside for individuals whose cognitive impairments are more severe.

How long will it take to see results? Are the changes permanent?

Whether great or small, we are seeing positive changes within the first month of participation. Improvements resulting from participation are likely to continue throughout the duration of the older adults’ sessions.

What are the chances that people’s dementia symptoms may not improve after participating?

All of the Learners in the Eliza Jennings trial experienced some degree of improvement in at least one of the two standardized tests for cognitive ability, the FAB, and the MMSE.

Can an individual receive the therapy as often as desired, or in their own home?

SAIDO Learning has been determined to be the most effective when performed five times per week. It is most successful when performed in a residential community where older adults receive ongoing staff support from all disciplines. The therapy is currently not available in the home.

Is SAIDO available on a short-term basis?

For optimum results and continued improvement, SAIDO Learning has been demonstrated to work best in a community setting on a long-term basis. Once an individual discontinues participation, dementia symptoms are likely to return and increase.

Who are the staff that make up the Supporters and what kind of training do they receive?

Supporters work closely with resident Learners. They are Eliza Jennings employees from all professional disciplines, including nursing, administration, dietary, housekeeping, activities and maintenance. Supporters attend five days of intensive training on all aspects of the therapy: the founding principles; education on the pre-frontal cortex and how it relates to the therapy; how to assign Learners to appropriate levels of learning; and coaching techniques, positive reinforcement, and the role of the rest of the community in supporting the therapy.

Is financial assistance available to help cover the cost?

We believe every person should have equal access to these innovative treatments, and are seeking foundation support to fund SAIDO for residents who are unable to pay privately, until government funding becomes available.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Yes. We welcome volunteers to assist with escorting Eliza Jennings residents to and from their sessions.

Who can I contact to find out more?

To find out more about SAIDO Learning at Eliza Jennings, please call 216.325.1266.



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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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