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MindStart

Minnesota 55443
I am an occupational therapist with 15+ years of experience working with persons with various forms of dementia and thier families.  I also am the owner of MindStart - Activities for Persons with Memory Loss.  I have applied concepts from research and my experience to the design of these... Full Bio
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Check Out these DVD's! by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Our friends from Australia have created these beautiful DVD's, based on the photography work of Fran West.  The photograph shots are set to music in the background.  Fran of ... Read on »
Free Online Dementia Education Opportunities by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Free online education opportunity from dementia care expert and occupational therapist, Teepa Snow. There are three in the series. The first is "Dementia Care: The Right Car ... Read on »
How Can I Understand Alzheimer's Disease? by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Watch this video to a get a quick tutorial about how Alzheimer's disease attacks the brain. Read on »
What Is Fair About Dementia? by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Many things are not fair in the life with dementia.  But are there ways to see around the unfairness?  Read more Read on »
Avoiding Caregiver Burnout by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia As we near the end of National Caregiver month, consider these tips to avoiding caregiver burnout. *Work through the guilt. Allowing help is okay. *Recognize the demands ... Read on »
Caregiver Survey: The Results Are In by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Recently, a survey of Alzheimer's disease family caregivers was released by the National Family Caregivers Association . Here are some of their findings:   ... Read on »
MindStart is in the News!! by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Check out this great article about the beginnings and future of MindStart.  Don't miss the creative photographs of MindStart founder, Monica, and users of MindStart produc ... Read on »
Arguing - A No Win Situation by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Persons with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are prone to argue - some more than others.  This may frustrate caregivers.  What seems to make perfect, logical sense is ... Read on »
A Necessary Tool to Managing Behaviors with Dementia by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Persons with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia can experience what is most often called "behaviors". In reality, these are true attempts at communication. The person ma ... Read on »
Autumn 26 piece puzzle by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Enjoy the bright colors of fall in this captivating 26 piece puzzle. Read on »
MindStart Newsletter - October 2011 by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Here is the October newslette r filled with caregiver tips and ideas to help keep persons with dementia active. Read on »
MindStart Newsletter - September 2011 by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia This newsletter gives fun ideas of how to enjoy fall with the person with dementia.  Also, some more caregiver tips. Read on »
A Caregivers Poem by Elaine Hurley by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia A caregiver does their very best, To take care of themselves & get enough rest. But if you want the truth as hard as we try, A lot of the time we just sit there & cry. ... Read on »
Communication in Late Stage Dementia by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I recently worked with a woman who had a stroke in the past, with resultant expressive aphasia - meaning she could not use words to communicate.  It seemed that she also h ... Read on »
Dementia and Jigsaw Puzzles by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I am always interested to hear about how people came to be where they are today - I hope you are, too. One of the women with dementia who helped inspire MindStart was on m ... Read on »
Alzheimer's Awareness by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I would like to share with you the story of an inspirational gentleman who is working tirelessly to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease.  He himself has early-onset de ... Read on »
How do I help focus the attention for someone with Alzheimer's? by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia This question that was posed to me by one of our MindStart fans - How do I help focus the attention for someone with Alzheimer's?  Here is my reply: Attention is one of ... Read on »
June Newsletter - Vacations, Outdoor games, and more by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Here is our June edition of the monthly MindStart newsletter .  It includes tips about taking vacations with the person with dementia and gives ideas, for all stages of deme ... Read on »
Keeping Persons with Dementia Active Presentation by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Thanks to the University of MN School of Nursing and Dr. Joseph Gaugler and his team, the Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference can be viewed anytime, for free onl ... Read on »
Caring For a Person with Memory Loss by MindStart Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Here's an announcement for my fellow Minnesotans about an upcoming, free caregiver workshop, at which I will be speaking.  It is held at the University of Minnesota.  Topics ... Read on »