"If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it." That's how Peggy McDonald describes the effects of the 2013 Long-Term Living OPTIMA Award-winning SAIDO Learning program, first developed in Japan as a way to slow or reverse the effects of dementia.
McDonald is the chief lead supporter of the program at the Eliza Jennings Home of the Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network in Northeast Ohio. In this podcast, she describes what drew her to the program, why she believes it is important to residents and how working with seniors in the SAIDO program (in which volunteers and staff members are called supporters and residents are called learners) has changed her as well.
Listen below. Length: 5:55.
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2013 OPTIMA Award: The gift of the present
How SAIDO Learning works
The SAIDO clinical trial
SAIDO Learning: A timeline
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SAIDO Learning in action: A typical session [VIDEO]
Blog: The elusive high five
SAIDO Learning: 'It's remarkable' [PODCAST]