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Learning for a Healthy Brain Centers

We strive to enrich the lives
of all senior citizens so that they can lead
an active life in our graying society

Through exercises involving easy arithmetical calculations, as well as reading and writing, Kumon helps senior citizens maintain and enhance the functions of the frontal cortex. Our program has been implemented in various nursing homes for senior citizens and by local governments, leading to many successful results.

Learning Therapy

Learning Therapy is being provided to senior citizens having senile dementia in order to ameliorate, or slow the progress of, their symptoms. It also contributes to improving the quality of care offered at the facilities implementing Kumon by improving, for example, the communication skills of staff members.

Number of facilities implementing Kumon Learning Therapy and number of students, as well as achievements

Photo: Senior citizens studying Kumon

Learning Therapy has been introduced into a variety of nursing homes for senior citizens, including residential care services, such as special nursing homes and long-term care health facilities, as well as into non-residential services, such as day service and day care. As of March 2013, Kumon Learning Therapy is being implemented in 1,536 facilities serving 12,271 people who enjoy their study backed by the support of staff members at these facilities.

Many changes have been observed in the students. For example, they smile more frequently, become able to communicate with others, and are energized and motivated to learn. The benefits of Kumon Learning Therapy, which is now receiving widespread attention, have been scientifically demonstrated.

Learning for a Healthy Brain Centers

Lessons for senior citizens in good health aimed at preventing the onset of senile dementia are being held. Local governments, NPOs, and other organizations in Japan host the Centers, and volunteers from the local community aid students in their study. These venues then become places for people of different generations to communicate and make friends with one another through learning which, in turn, contributes to the revitalization of the community.

High satisfaction level of students

Photo: Learning for a Healthy Brain Center

In FY 2011, there were 5,500 senior citizens studying in 215 municipalities (at 410 locations) in Japan. Approximately 85% of students aim to prevent senile dementia through their study, but they also witness other beneficial effects, reflected in such comments as: “My life became more fulfilling than before,” “I feel motivated,” “I became more cheerful,” “I made friends,” and “I don't forget things as I used to.” Furthermore, 95% of students say that they are satisfied with their study.

Offering the joy of learning and growth to as many people as possible

The Kumon Method at Children's Homes and Senior High Schools