SAIDO Learning is a non-pharmacological program based on a learning intervention offering mental exercises and an opportunity for enhancing individual engagement with staff and others in every day life. SAIDO Learning was developed by the Kumon Institute of Education in Osaka, Japan, in conjunction with Professor Ryuta Kawashima of the Smart Aging International Research Center at Tohoku University in Sendai.


SAIDO Participation The SAIDO Learning method involves a caregiver (called a “Supporter”) trained to work with two older adults (called “Learners”) by engaging them in a series of precise, yet simple, arithmetic, writing and reading exercises. The exercises are performed five times per week and lasts 30 minutes.

The object of the exercise is not to teach the material but rather to engage the Learner in the accomplishment of repeated successful exercises, progressing to new material at the Learner’s own level and pace. This process fosters confidence and the ability and initiative to advance. Most notably, the result is an improvement in cognitive function.



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The results have been impressive.  Residents are reading again, calling their spouse by name, and communicating their basic needs.  Residents are encouraged and confident and feel a sense of accomplishment when exercises are completed. And residents are more engaged in day-to-day activities; more socially involved with caregivers, family and friends; and showing increased optimism and purpose.

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