Founded in 1984 by Gary W. Steinke, MD; Rose Kleiner, MSW, LCSW; Michael Gilfix, Esq.; and Elayne Brill, Hearts & Minds Activity Center emerged as the first large capacity dementia-specific adult day program in the country. Since its inception, Hearts & Minds has provided services to over 6,000 individuals living with dementia and their families.
As a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Hearts & Minds Activity Center operates an additional program on site: a childcare center that collaborates with its counterpart for daily intergenerational activities. Established in 1992 as a parent cooperative for the young children of members of staff, the childcare center has since evolved into a licensed daycare, open to the public for over fifteen years.
Here at the Hearts & Minds Activity Center, we understand that the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia transcend cultural, racial, and socioeconomic boundaries. As such, we are committed to cultivating a diverse, inclusive environment for our clients, families, staff, volunteers, supporters, and community members. We strive to serve all our clients and families equally, without bias against race, religion, economic status, disability status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. And, while equal care is our number one priority, we also acknowledge the systemic barriers that prevent those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia from having access to quality care. It is our mission to combat said systemic barriers, and ensure all of our current and prospective clients and families receive the highest level of care and support. All persons are welcomed, valued, respected at Hearts and Minds Activity Center.