August 1, 2017
 Seeking Volunteers  -  Fox Valley Memory Project Action Teams
As most of you know, the Fox Valley Memory Project relies on, and benefits from, the dedication and time of hundreds of volunteers.  We are currently looking for a few volunteers who have the time, and the interest, to serve on our Action Teams (working groups that support our staff and our Executive Coordinating Committee).  The time commitment varies depending on the work being done by each team but does include participation in a monthly 90-minute meeting.  

We know that many of you have very full days with multiple obligations.  If you don't think you have the time to assist right now, we hope you'll think about whether or not you know somebody else who might be willing and able to volunteer with us.  If you are interested in learning more - or - would like to recommend a potential volunteer, please contact our Director, Laura Smythe at  Thank you!
Memory Cafés
Memory Cafés welcome those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, as well as family and friends of those affected.  They are a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie and lots of creative fun! We have a gerontology professional on hand to answer questions and an enormous wealth of experience among participants to be shared. We'd be delighted if you would join us!  Call Lynn Ann at 920-225-1711  for more information.  Click below for our upcoming café schedules.   
Let's Get Creative in Menasha!
Join us on Friday, August 18 from 2 to 4 PM at the  Menasha Senior Center, 116 Main St, We are excited to welcome University of Milwaukee art students Ethan Kastner and Stefanie Valverde to our café!  Ethan and Stefanie will be leading us in a creative watercolor painting project.   No previous artistic experience is necessary as we open our hearts and minds to this unique form of creativity.  Click here for more details about this exciting activity!

This program is offered with financial support from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund - A Bader Philanthropy.   Click on the August & September Memory Café schedules above for more information about the rest of our café programming.  
Let's Go Fly A Kite
People have been making and flying kites for over 2,000 years.  Join us at Atlas Waterfront Café, 425 W Water St, (Paper Discovery Center building)on Thursday, August 17 from 2 to 4 PM as our special guests Susan & Tom Towner share their love of flying kites .  Bring your memories of kite flying to share with us.  C lick on the July and August Memory Café schedules above for more information about the rest of our café programming
Memory Loss Resource Center
The Memory Loss Resource Center  welcomes those experiencing dementia, their care partners, family and friends. Get information and support in a warm and caring environment. We look forward to meeting you.

Call 920-225-1711 to schedule a personal appointment to obtain information, support and/or referrals.   We can also share information with you about our ongoing activities
   Memory Assessment Center
Assessments are offered at Mosaic Family Health in downtown Appleton by Dr. Lee Vogel and resident physicians. Initial assessments screen for memory impairment, assess overall health and, if warranted, proceed to a more comprehensive evaluation to diagnose the cause/type of dementia. For more information, call the clinic at 920-997-8436.
   Join Us for a Reception & Exhibit with Photographer 
Dean Hoffman at the Menasha Library
The Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha is hosting an exhibit of the work of local photographer Dean Hoffman. This  photographic collection of people and places taken around the world on his many trips, captures the culture, daily life and special moments of Dean's travel adventures.

Join us for this interesting exhibit and meet Dean, who has started his journey with memory loss, at a reception on Monday August 14, 5:30 to 7 PM.  Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch, Program Coordinator with the Fox Valley Memory Project will share how her organization is supporting the community members living with dementia. 
Click here for more information about this exciting opportunity to discover other places through the eyes of an amazing photographer.  
Let's Meet in Neenah for Music in the Park 
Join us for a "Meet Up" in Oshkosh at the
Experimental Aircraft Association Museum
Join Us to Dine and Socialize
One of the goals of the Fox Valley Memory Project is to reduce social isolation in a stigma-free environment for care partners and their loved ones with memory loss. 
Some of our participants have expressed an interest in having more opportunities to socialize. The next social meetup has been set for Wednesday, August 16 at 4:30 PM in the private meeting room at Pizza Ranch,  N139 Eisenhower Dr in Appleton. Come with your loved one or come by yourself to meet up with your Memory Project friends for some tasty food and a great social opportunity.   
"The Many Benefits of Group Singing"
by Susan McFadden
Susan McFadden, one of the visionaries of the Fox Valley Memory Project contributes articles about memory loss that are posted to our website.   Her most recent article is titled " Group Singing Programs for People Living with Dementia are Joyful and Accessible"
A recent study published in one of the top gerontology journals confirms what many people in the Fox Valley have already learned:  Group singing has many benefits for people with dementia and their care partners.    Click here to read this article and access the archive of all of Susan's articles.
 We Welcome New Purple Angel Partners in the Fox Valley
Congratulations to the following businesses for taking time out of their workday  to become our most recent "Purple Angel", dementia friendly businesses: 

AEGIS Financial
Abel Insurance
Anchor Health Insurance, LLC 
Anchor Insurance & Financial Specialists, LLC 
Appleton Massage Therapy Associates
Davidson Law Office -  The Estate Planning Group
Ghost Town Fitness
Heart of the Valley  Chamber of Commerce
City of Kaukauna
St Vincent de Paul Society, Kaukauna
Van De Hey Financial  

We welcome them to our Fox Valley Memory Project family of dementia friendly businesses. Please let them know you appreciate them taking the time to learn how to best serve valued customers and clients with dementia. The Fox Valley Memory Project Purple Angel program continues to spread dementia  awareness throughout the Fox Valley and beyond. The Purple Angel Community Team  is made up of a small group of dedicated community members who offer free  dementia awareness training to area businesses.  

Click here for a list of local businesses and organizations that have received dementia awareness training.
If you are interested in having your business or organization become a Purple Angel partner, please contact Lynn Ann at 920-225-1711 or by email at 
REACH    In-Home Caregiver Support
REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health) is an evidence based caregiver intervention program.  REACH supports the caregiver by addressing issues such as emotional well being, stress management, troubling behaviors, problem solving and self-care.  A certified caregiver coach will provide resources and support. Read more about this free six month program for those caring at home for persons with significant memory loss.  For more information contact Karen Aspenson at 920-832-2783.  
Sensory Theme Kits Available for Checkout!
Have you ever struggled to find ways to interact with your loved one with dementia?   The Fox Valley Memory Project has sensory kits available for you to borrow.  Each kit has items to trigger memories by using sensory connections and  provide an opportunity for your loved one to share their memories.  Kits includes a list of ideas to start conversations.  Our current kits include the following themes:  Crafts, Gardening, Farming, Fishing, Green Bay Packers, School Days and Pets.  Thank you to the staff of St. Paul Elder Services for preparing these sensory theme kits. 
SPARK! is a program for caregivers and loved ones living with memory loss.  The Trout Museum of Art (with a second program at St Paul Elder Service) and The Building for Kids Children's Museum are pleased to be among the Wisconsin museums awarded funding by Bader Philanthropies and the Community Foundation to create programming where participants engage in lively discussions, art making, and multi-sensory activities.

Each one hour program is led by a specially trained museum educator who will engage participants in interactive exhibit experiences.  After each program, coffee and conversation led by volunteers who give participants and caregivers the opportunity to support and socialize.  
Registration: Contact The Trout Museum at 920-733-4089 or the Building for Kids at 920-734-3226 to reserve your spot.   Registration is required at least one week prior to your selected program(s).  Space is limited. 

Memory Care Respite Partners
A monthly respite program will be held on  Monday, August 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM  at St Paul Lutheran Church in Neenah. Offering care partners 2 hours of personal time, this free program is staffed by professional caregivers and trained volunteers. Activities will include music, organized arts and crafts and refreshments.   Advance registration is requested at or by calling 920-383-1180. 
Programs Offered by Lutheran Social Services
Come join a discussion group called "The Mug Club", where care partners gather to discuss a book about care giving and share ideas on becoming a better family caregiver.   Click here for more details.   

Life on the dementia journey is challenging! You are invited to attend a  three part video and discussion series for care givers.  You will learn new  things to try to make each day more enjoyable for you  and the person you care for. Jolene Brackey, the author of this series, shares that even if we cannot create a perfectly wonderful day - "we sure can create perfectly wonderful moments!" Click here for more information.

Please contact or (920)225-1704, for more information about these programs.  
 Educational Programs by the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin offers free family and consumer education programs.  Click here for the August calendar of events  offered throughout Wisconsin.  For more information about the caregiver support group  click here.  You can also access their website by  clicking here.
 Thank You to Our Generous Supporters
Programs of the Fox Valley Memory Project are funded entirely by donations and grants.  Thank you to all who have so generously support the Memory Project.  Your continued support will assure the Fox Valley Memory Project will continue to be here for those in need.
Mission Statement
 The Fox Valley Memory Project collaborates with other organizations to offer programs and services that improve quality of life for persons with dementia, as well as their family care partners and friends. We encourage practices of hospitality and inclusion that make our community dementia-friendly.