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Covenant Retirement Communities Forms Partnership with Kumon Institute of Education in Japan

November 1, 2018

SKOKIE, IL–Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) is announcing that as of November 1 of this year it is the Master License Holder in North America for SAIDO Learning®. CRC initially implemented SAIDO Learning within its communities in 2013 through an initiative that was introduced to the United States by Eliza Jennings, a senior living organization based in Cleveland, Ohio.

SAIDO Learning was developed by the Kumon Learning Therapy Center, part of the Kumon Institute of Education in Japan, as a program designed for individuals with memory impairment. Those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias meet with trained staff for structured sessions on mental exercises focusing on simple arithmetic, writing and reading aloud to attempt to increase in engagement and potentially increase to higher levels to meet their needs.

“This is an exciting time for CRC and we, along with our Board of Directors, are already beginning to develop a very robust strategic plan for SAIDO that is anticipated to take 18-24 months in order to truly roll this out nationwide,” said Terri Cunliffe, Covenant Retirement Communities president and CEO. “We are very committed to SAIDO and to our valued relationship with the leadership at the Kumon Institute in Japan and thankful to Eliza Jennings for having the foresight to introduce it to the U.S. in 2013.”

Through Eliza Jennings, SAIDO Learning had been offered, not only to residents at CRC communities, but also to residents at Eliza Jennings communities in Ohio, and six other senior living organizations.

“The Eliza Jennings organization, while very committed to SAIDO, recognized the challenge of nationwide expansion given its Northeast Ohio location. CRC, with a broader footprint within the U.S. will help to carry on that main goal of expansion,” said Richard M. Boyson Jr., Eliza Jennings president and CEO. “Eliza Jennings is gratified to have been the organization to introduce this important therapy to the U.S. and we remain committed to providing SAIDO Learning to older adults throughout our network.”

Chicago-based Covenant Retirement Communities is the nation’s sixth largest, non-profit, senior services provider. It serves 5,000 residents at 16 retirement communities in 9 states and offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation.

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