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Brain Age and Dr. Ryuta Kawashima

Brain Age

Eliza Jennings ground breaking SAIDO Learning™ Memory Support was developed by the KUMON Institute of Education of Osaka, Japan in conjunction with Professor Ryuta Kawashima of the Smart Aging International Research Center at Tohoku University in Sendai.

KUMON’s work to ensure brain health and treatment for brain disease is a global, cross-generational mission committed to delivering, in their words, “the joy of learning to everyone, from children to senior citizens.” It’s not a surprise, then, to hear that Dr. Kawashima is the man behind the successful video game series Brain Age.

Brain Age is developed and published by Nintendo, and the series offers a number of iterations across different Nintendo handheld platform. The ‘Brain Age’ games have scored well with younger users looking for puzzling challenges to pass the time, as well as with adults and seniors inexperienced with gaming but otherwise interested in complex puzzles like Sudoku.

Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain is an English language version of a Japanese book written by Dr. Kawashima, the basis of which was used in the conceptual development of the Brain Age video game series. Dr. Kawashima’s book contains mathematical calculations intermingled with memory tests and counting tests, and it recommends that one should do a set of math questions every day and note the time it takes. Having sold over a million copies in Japan, Dr. Kawashima found that by performing precise mathematical calculations and reading aloud, one could retrain mental clarity and reduce the symptoms of aging’s cognitive ill-effects. Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain is based on this research, and is a wonderful look into the work of Dr. Kawashima, creator of Eliza Jennings’ SAIDO Learning Memory Support program. 

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

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