FAQs

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What is MindPartner™?

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It is a revolutionary new combination of simple tools and technology designed to support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. We describe it as an “operating system for the Alzheimer’s mind” to communicate the idea that it contains a number of components designed to compliment what is happening as the disease beings to interfere with memory and the ability to function in everyday Earth-reality.

The MindPartner™ APIs makes it possible for developers around the world to connect to the basic platform to create products and apps to support individuals and their caregivers.

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What is the philosophy behind the development of the MindPartner™ System?

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It’s pretty simple. We start with the belief that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s does not mean that life is over, just different and challenging in some special ways. Our goal is to use the best of technology, caregiving and basic, hands on tools to bring as much joy, independence, personal integrity, support and comfort as possible to people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, throughout the entire process.

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How does the phrase, “Two Minds Are Better than One” apply here? Is MindPartner™ an artificial mind?

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Not quiet, but part of basic idea is correct. In the same way that Google and other search engines support memory by relieving us of the need to memorize many facts, MindPartner™ supports a number of dimensions of the Alzheimer’s process to help people with the disease and their caregivers. The heart of the program is the MIND component which represents a place where the individuals life history — stories, images, videos, music, activities and much more have been stored.

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Why is the product described as MindPartner™ 2016? Will there be other versions coming?

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The first version, MindPartner™ 2016 is designed for individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s diagnosed in 2015. We plan to release it in December 2015. It assumes that the individuals using this first version have relatively healthy minds and memories and with the assistance of caregivers and friends can do the building/planning tasks required. Later generations of MindPartner™ will add much stronger support functions and comfort functions to match the needs of individuals as the disease has progressed.

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I notice that MindPartner™ contains Cards and other tools similar to what is already available for Alzheimer’s. How does it differ?

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There are a number of excellent products on the market to help with memory and caregiving. MindPartner™ is intended to be a platform that integrates some the best of these kinds of products, allows them to interact and makes them accessible through the Alzheimer’s process. MindPartner™ goes much further, however, because is an advanced, complex system that offers technology that does not exist in this domain today.

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What is the API that comes with MindPartner™?

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This is one of the most exciting components! APIs or Application Programming Interfaces and the associated SKDs (Software Development Kits) are actually a language or set of routines and procedures that tie to MindPartner™ which allow other developers to build programs or applications that use the MindPartner™ platform and its core MIND unit. Our goal is to have thousands of developers in countries all over the world creating products for Alzheimer’s, dementia and other related disorders.

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Is MindPartner™ for all individuals with Alzheimer’s?

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No, MindPartner™ 2016 is designed for early stage individuals who were diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Later versions of the platform will follow these same people through the disease’s other stages.

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Most people with Alzheimer’s are older and not likely to use a complex program delivered over the Internet! How does MindPartner™ make sense for them?

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Good question. The typical age for the onset of Alzheimer’s is in the late 70’s and 80’s. This is not a computer-oriented population and also not one that is likely to use tiny mobile devices with microscopic keys and arcane functionality that only teenagers can love. In most cases, however, friends, family and other caregivers will be able support the person with Alzheimer’s by helping enter data and perform the other tasks needed to make MindPartner™ work. In addition, most of the MindPartner™ tools are available, not as a computer program, but as real, concrete tools that can be handled and used in the real world. Users, for example, can store memories and images in the MIND component of MindPartner™ and then also selectively translate them into products such as a deck of REMINISCE CARDS. Finally, the delivery point for many MindPartner™ functions will be the TV, not a computer screen.

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How does MindPartner™ support caregivers?

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It is assumed that friends, family and other caregivers will play a strong role in helping the individual with Alzheimer’s do the basic work required to build memory, life history and other components in Year 1. In later years MindPartner™ technology will begin to play a strong, supportive role to help caregivers in a dozen different ways. The MindPartner™ program has two goals, one to enhance the quality of life of everyone with the disease and the other to support the caregivers and protect their quality of life.

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What vision does GEMINI MIND TECHNOLOGY have for the future here?

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We see a huge opportunity here to enhance the lives of everyone with Alzheimer’s disease with a simple and obvious change in philosophy (please see our companion book, “Don’t Rain on My Parade: Living a Complete and Joyful Life with Alzheimer’s Disease”) and by embracing the multitude of new technology that has been developed for teenagers but adapting it to work in the geriatric domain. Video, speech-recognition, pattern recognition, patient tracking tools and dozens of other developments that might be part of a “complimentary mind” apply here.