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.
Fit Minds always treats their clients with respect and works with them to improve their cognition and improve quality of life.
“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!”
“My mom thrived with Fit Minds. She was able to do things we thought she had lost forever.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. “
“Wonderful training – super helpful and easy to take and implement.”
“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’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.”
“The biggest reward of working with seniors in building relationships of trust and watching them improve their cognitive abilities.”
“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.”
“Because each client is unique, customizing activities based on their abilities and progress is key to ensuring our interactions are stimulating and meaningful.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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… ”
“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.”