SAIDO Learning is an innovative, non-pharmacological treatment that has been clinically proven to improve the symptoms of dementia and dramatically impact the quality of life for older adults. 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, in order to stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

The object of the therapy 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.

Many medical conditions can cause dementia symptoms, especially in older people. Virtually all dementias, however, reflect dysfunction in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. SAIDO Learning has been proven to stimulate the prefrontal cortex and thus improve the symptoms in older adults living with dementia.


Sunset Staff and ResidentResults of the research trial are impressive. In every case, the residents participating in SAIDO Learning were markedly improved. After participating in SAIDO Learning, every Learner improved performance on one or both standardized assessments of cognitive impairment, and showed increased independence in activities of daily living. Participants were more engaged in day-to-day activities; were more socially involved with caregivers, family and friends; and showed increased optimism.

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