• 11-07-2016
    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.

  • 29-06-2016
    SAIDO Learning: June 2016 Bulletin
  • 06-03-2015
    SAIDO Learning® Center Offers a New Adult Day Model

    The SAIDO Learning® Center, Eliza Jennings’ innovative alternative to the traditional adult day center, is the first adult day program in the United States to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological treatment shown to improve the symptoms of dementia. Many families rely upon adult day services to provide secure care and companionship for loved ones while they work or take a needed respite. The SAIDO Learning Center supports improvement in cognitive function while providing the traditional support and assistance with daily care if needed.

    The SAIDO Learning Center incorporates the important role of the Supporters, the staff who engage participants in SAIDO Learning, and an interactive environment that promotes activation of the prefrontal cortex and subsequent improvements in the symptoms of dementia. Family education and support fosters additional opportunities in the home to sustain positive improvements and independence achieved at the SAIDO Learning Center.

    For more information about the SAIDO Learning Center, please call Executive Director Minni Nair at 216.226.6090.

  • 03-03-2015
    ‎Pneumonia‬ in Elderly Persons

    If pneumonia, along with influenza, was the 8th leading cause of death in the United Sates in 2010, and 1 out of 20 adults who get pneumonia dies, preventing pneumonia in the elderly is a serious matter.

    “‘Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs usually caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or other organisms,’ says Dr. Norman Edelman, the chief medical officer for the American Lung Association. This inflammation causes an outpouring of fluid in the infected part of the lungs, affecting either one or both lungs. The blood flow to the infected portion of the lung (or lungs) decreases, meaning oxygen levels in the bloodstream can decline.”

    Older adults are more susceptible to pneumonia because they may already suffer from serious conditions such as heart disease, they don’t tolerate infections as well as young people, and their age causes a decrease in immune system response, making their defenses weaker.

    Many times, people may think they are just suffering from the cold or flu, as the symptoms are similar. However, the signs of pneumonia in the elderly can differ from the general population.

    You may have pneumonia if you have/are:

    • Feeling weak
    • Cough
    • Green or yellow phlegm
    • Chest pain
    • Confusion
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Shortness of Breath

    “Although pneumonia can be caused by more than two dozen organisms, pneumonia in the elderly is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. The streptococcus (or pneumococcal) pneumonia bacteria is responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The elderly are more likely to catch this strain of pneumonia. Streptococcus pneumonia can come on slowly or suddenly. It can damage the lungs, cause bacteremia in the bloodstream, and meningitis in the brain. Viruses also trigger this disease, and are thought to cause about 50 percent of pneumonia infections in the general population. Usually viral pneumonia is less severe, but complications can include bacterial pneumonia.”

    You can lower your risk of getting pneumonia by following these precautions:

    • Pneumococcal vaccine
    • Influenza vaccine
    • Wash your hands
    • Dental hygiene
    • Good health habits
    • Stay away from anyone who has the flu or a bad cold

    Knowing the signs and symptoms and taking simple precautions may prevent you or your loved ones from catching pneumonia this winter.

    Read more about Pneumonia and the Elderly | A Place for Mom

  • 30-12-2014
    Early Detection of Dementia: Recognizing Subtle Signs and Symptoms

    Early Detection of Dementia: Recognizing Subtle Signs and Symptoms

    Dementia is a set of symptoms and is characterized by decrease in mental abilities like memory loss and decrease in the speed of processing information. It is caused by brain damaging diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

    According to the University of Florida, below are some of the early manifestations of dementia.

    1. Changes in memory function: Short term memory is commonly affected in persons with dementia. The inability to remember any information acquired just after a few minutes ago is a good example.
    2. Difficulty in communication: Persons who suffer from dementia have problems in clearly explain their thoughts. They find trouble in choosing the appropriate words to explain their selves. They may also find difficulty in following any type of story or conversation.
    3. Problems in thinking skills: Individuals with dementia find trouble when numbers are on the equation. Also, they find difficulty in organizing and supervising people or activities.
    4. Changes in emotions and moods: Difficulty in expressing and understanding an emotion may be an early manifestation of a progressive dementia. Person suffering from dementia also becomes more sensitive so slight changes in their comfort zone may cause irritability, depression or sudden anger outburst.
    5. Poor decision-making skills: A reduction in the ability to choose from several possibilities is an early sign of dementia. Simple occurrences that usually don’t take much time in making choices like choosing what to eat in a restaurant or what to wear becomes a problem for a person with dementia.
    6. Changes in judgment: Persons with dementia usually are unable to differentiate good judgments from bad judgments; like acting aggressively and rashly without thinking of the possible consequences.
    7. Challenges in learned movements: Unable to remember simple actions like how to use an object is a sign of dementia. From the start, these may seem a form clumsiness but if it continues and becomes more frequent, schedule an appointment with the doctor.

    When dementia has been diagnosed, medical intervention is needed. A promising non-pharmaceutical treatment for dementia is the SAIDO Learning method which was developed by the Kumon Institute of Education in Osaka Japan and Professor Ryuta Kawashima of Tohoku University. In Japan, it has more than 10 years of proven track record of successful intervention by improving symptoms of dementia. In the said country, 18000 patients with dementia are under this program in 1400 care homes. The method involves solving simple arithmetic, reading, and writing. Although these may seem nothing special, scientific evidence showed that by doing these activities on a daily basis stimulated the areas of the brain affected by dementia; thereby improving their cognitive abilities. In the United States, Eliza Jennings is the 1st aging service network to offer SAIDO Learning