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A brief history of SAIDO Learning

Learning exercises to maintain the brain.

The roots of SAIDO date back to the last century, when a father’s love for his son gave birth to the Kumon Method of learning. As a boy, Takeshi Kumon improved his math skills with small-step worksheets. Today, the simple, repetitive exercises that proved so effective for Japanese schoolchildren – combined with Dr. Ryuta Kawashima’s research and application – is improving outcomes for many older adults with memory loss.

Dr. Ryuta Kawashima of Tohoku University and Kumon Institute of Education developed SAIDO Learning in Japan and field tested the approach in Japan. SAIDO – developed in Japan in 2001 – is an effective program that positively impacts quality of life for persons with cognitive decline. Consistent, ongoing participation has shown improvements in the symptoms of dementia.

Since its wider adoption in Japan in 2004, SAIDO has been shown to interrupt the progression of symptoms of dementia in locations worldwide. Today, Kumon Institute of Education continues its pioneering research in the field of dementia.

SAIDO actively engages learners in the successful accomplishment of repeated tasks. By engaging in simple arithmetic, reading, and writing exercises – individually tailored for each person – SAIDO learners work to preserve the delicate mechanisms of the brain.

SAIDO offers the opportunity for enhancing individual engagement with staff and others in everyday life.

  • SAIDO Learning is an successful approach shown to lead to favorable changes in residents who actively use SAIDO.
  • SAIDO Learning focuses on active engagement rather than passive “activities.”

Contact Covenant Living if you are interested in learning about research offered by Kumon for residents with dementia. We exclusively offer the SAIDO Learning program in the United States.

Don’t wait! Come see our model home community and take a SAIDO tour.

To learn more, call 877-876-5508 today or fill out the form.

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