With no known cure for Alzheimer’s, caregivers look to a variety of treatments to minimize progression. Covenant Village of Golden Valley offers individuals with dementia an innovative program called Saido learning.
Saido—Japanese for “again”—has been practiced in Japan for over a decade, though Covenant Village is in its fourth year and is currently the only Saido program in Minn. The program uses simple math, reading out loud and number matching to slow the effects of Alzheimer’s.
This past year, Covenant Village welcomed 12 students from Calvin Christian School to join their Saido program as “supporters,” given the task of guiding residents through the 30-minute Saido learning sessions each week.
After a successful first year of incorporating local students, Covenant Village welcomes back Calvin Christian School to participate again this school year.