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Covenant Retirement Communities is actively recruiting adult volunteers in each of our communities to assist with the SAIDO Learning® memory support program, as well as various other activities.

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The goal of SAIDO Learning is to improve the symptoms of dementia, thus enhancing the quality of life for the older adults we serve and reducing their required amount of care and the overall cost of their care.

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Covenant Shores

Covenant Shores, a retirement community on Mercer Island, WA, offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation and Memory Support.

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Rick D. — “Improvements I’ve Noticed”

My mother began SAIDO Learning nearly five months ago. She may have been slow to start, but I want to share some of the improvements I’ve noticed within the past several weeks.

One of the first things I noticed is she can recite the names of her grandchildren with no prompting. Previously, she would ask me, “Who are Rick’s/David’s kids?” And, she now refers to the daughters-in-law by first name instead of asking, who is his wife? (no laughing)

One of my brothers lives in California. When he visits, Mom always addresses him by our other brother’s name and I am always correcting her. We talked with her son this week and she addressed him by his real name right away. My brother was startled. And now, instead of asking what his profession is, Mom will ask me, “He’s a marketing director, right?”

Mom frequently asks, “Can we go out to eat sometime?” and my normal response is, “sure” and I leave it at that because I know that thought goes away. Recently when she suggested we go out for supper on that particular evening, I said, “sure” and left it at that. When I arrived to visit Mom at 7:30 that night, the receptionist inquired if I told my mom I would take her out to eat. When I answered that we had no firm plans, she told me that my mother was sitting in the lobby at 5:00pm, with her coat on, waiting for me to pick her up. No more little white lies!

This past weekend, we DID go out to eat and mom ordered her usual cheeseburger. When the server placed the food in front of her, Mom picked up a knife and cut the sandwich in half. I was amazed because previously, mom would look at the food and wait for me to ask, “Can I cut that for you?”