It was Janet Knupp’s mother’s diagnosis with Lewy Body, a form of dementia, that led Janet to launch Fit Minds in the US in late 2016. As CEO of Fit Minds, Janet works to provide customized cognitive coaching to improve quality of life, enable meaningful relationships with family and friends and build cognitive resilience for seniors.
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As a business executive, venture philanthropist and thought leader in education who has spent her career starting up, turning around and leading companies and organizations that markedly improve performance outcomes for school districts, teachers, and students.
Janet has led the successful transformation of a series of organizations and has always aligned herself with mission-driven organizations. A natural collaborator, Janet thrives in settings where she can use her influence and insight to develop a clear mission, assemble exceptional boards, attract significant capital, and move people beyond the status quo by delivering ambitious, measurable results. She served as a consultant to successive CEOs of Chicago Public Schools, and aligned teachers, principals, and unions to drive positive outcomes.
• 25 year track record of transforming bold ideas into visionary strategic plans that measurably improve the lives of children, families or seniors.
• Universities and Business Schools at Harvard, University of Chicago and Northwestern have invited her more than a dozen times to be a guest speaker on topics ranging from education, turnaround management and startups.
• Two US Presidents have acknowledged Janet for her contributions to society.
• Fortune 500 CEOs, Governors, Mayors, education and health industry executives have joined her in starting-up or turning around six different organizations and companies.
“People with mild / moderate dementia of all types should be given the opportunity to participate in a structured group cognitive stimulation programme. This should be delivered irrespective of any anti-dementia drug received by the person with dementia.”
“The biggest reward of working with seniors in building relationships of trust and watching them improve their cognitive abilities.”
It’s evident to me that Fit Minds is committed to serving seniors 1-on-1. It is amazing to see how engaged seniors with dementia can be with cognitive stimulation. Brain health is just as important as physical health.
“Hourly sitters or group activities are not an antidote, as they rarely offer true personal engagement. As a result, I jumped at the opportunity to try Fit Minds. My brother observed a coaching session one day, astounded at the capabilities brought out that he thought were long gone… ”
“My family and I are grateful to have wonderful coaches work with Mom on a weekly basis. We especially enjoy the reports that show us her engagement with various subjects and love to see how the Fit Minds staff always put a smile on her face. Thank you, Michele and Janet, for genuinely caring about Mom.”
“Both coaches recently made the time to be significantly present for my mother’s birthday, and that speaks volumes. Her face lit up when she saw them arrive, as they are now an integral part of her world.”
“Wonderful training – super helpful and easy to take and implement.”
“I became motivated and more confident about engaging in cognitive activities. I started to read again! I came to understand that simply doing crossword puzzles was not enough to keep my brain healthy.”
“Our residents thoroughly enjoy both the group and individual sessions provided by Fit Minds. Not only are the activities fun and engaging but also therapeutic ultimately reaping cognitive benefit. Thank you to Janet and her amazing team!!“
“I have been in the industry for 25 years and have seen a lot of programming. Fit Minds stands head and shoulders above the rest. This is a complete solution that allows us to adapt to our clients’ individual needs and is easily executed by our staff. I saw first-hand the positive impact that the program had on my residents.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to see Fit Minds programs in action from the very start, I was impressed with the difference the Fit Minds programs made in the lives of my residents when I was the general manager at Portobello Manor. I remember with one family in particular, the improvement of her memory and the ability to interact with her kids had a huge impact on the family relationships.”
“Fit Minds coaches care deeply about supporting seniors to retain their cognitive functioning and quality of life. I have met many of them and they are smart, professional and caring. I truly wish I knew about them for my parents.“
“Because each client is unique, customizing activities based on their abilities and progress is key to ensuring our interactions are stimulating and meaningful.”
“I cried tears of joy when I saw my mom interacting with her granddaughters… This was the first time she acted like a grandma in two years.”
“My mom thrived with Fit Minds. She was able to do things we thought she had lost forever.”
“I have been in the senior living industry for more than twenty years and was also a Program Specialist and Client Advocacy for the Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer’s Association. Fit Minds works! I love it!”
“Mom has been working with FitMinds for over a year now and we could not be happier. Her coach, Michele, has done far more than just working on improving or maintaining her cognitive skills, but through FitMinds has established a loving and caring friendship with her. I have such peace knowing that FitMinds is checking in with mom a couple of times a week.”
“By successfully tackling various Fit Minds activities (whether it be solving equations or answering trivia questions), my independent living client is gaining self-confidence as well as demonstrating improved memory and verbal skills. My client in memory care displays focus and determination when completing equations, solving Sudoku puzzles and reading.”
I have known Janet and Peg for about a year now, and have used Fit Minds for the group program in 2 Memory Care communities. I have witnessed interactions and participation from residents who I never even thought understood, It is truly a priceless opportunity for senior living, and especially for those with dementia. And on top of all of that, everyone at Fit Minds are incredibly talented and humble individuals who I have the upmost respect for. Cheers to you, Fit Minds! I recommend this program for anyone in the senior living industry, you can thank me later!
“The Fit Minds program has been amazing for the residents at our community. Janet Knupp and her team take the time to develop active learning projects. Our residents who are independent living love the challenges, and we have noticed improvements with the residents who have some memory issues; especially in confidence building, socialization, and short term recall. I recommend anyone try Fit Minds!“
“Both Independent living and Assisted living residents have benefited from the FitMinds Group Sessions. It is amazing to see how engaged they are and how each one progressively tackles more complex activities. What a privilege it is work with individuals and families who value their brain fitness health!”
“I support two Fit Minds clients with very different levels of cognitive impairment. One client is now able to live independently while my other client requires more support and resides in a memory care facility. “
“Fit Minds is committed to ensuring that we, as coaches, are continuously prepared to successfully provide the highest-level cognitive coaching for our seniors. Starting with the online certification program, progressing into hands-on training and continuing with timely personal support when needed, we have the tools to achieve results for our clients and their families.”
Fit Minds always treats their clients with respect and works with them to improve their cognition and improve quality of life.
“The face-to-face interaction, whether in a group or one on one session is what works! You are stimulating their minds. When Howie and I do our one-on-one sessions, we also talk about things we have in common for language discussion. We form a relationship above and beyond the exercises. It’s great stimulation.”