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MindStart was founded by occupational therapist Monica Heltemes in 2010. Monica has been working with persons with dementia in various capacities for over 15 years. She has developed an activity program for memory care units and spoken at numerous conferences and training events. Monica has been published many times, including writing for the Alzheimer's Reading Room, the Alzheimer's Association MN-ND and the publication of Occupational Therapy for Persons with Dementia in Assisted Living Facilities in the October 28, 2009 edition of the American Occupational Therapy Association's OT Practice magazine.

Monica's passion for helping persons with memory loss and their caregivers led to the development of the MindStart products. MindStart products have been trialed in memory care units and with family caregivers. They are based on theories and research, including the Theory of Retrogenesis by Dr. Barry Reisberg, Allen Cognitive Theory by Claudia Allen, OTR/L, FAOTA, and concepts of occupational therapy practice. In addition, acknowledgement goes to Theressa Burns, OTR/L for her mentorship. Monica hopes to expand the product line in the near future.


Photo Courtesy of St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 30, 2011