January 1, 2018      
 Seeking Volunteers  -  Fox Valley Memory Purple Angel Educators
"Hello!  As many of you know, we offer Purple Angel education to local businesses who wish to become "dementia aware".  The training helps employees understand how best to communicate with their customers who have some form of memory loss. We would like to expand the number of people who can offer this sort of training and will be hosting a "Train the Trainer" for volunteers in early 2018.  

If you are interested, or think you might be interested but have questions,   please contact Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch at lynnann.clausing @lsswis.org .  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 creative fun! We have a gerontology professional available to answer questions and an enormous wealth of experience among participants to be shared. We'd be delighted if you would join us!   We encourage everyone to attend with a partner!  Call Lynn Ann at 920-225-1711  for more information.  Click below for our upcoming café schedules. 

We Are "GOING WILD" in Kimberly
Join us and our special guest Lee Hammen for an interactive experience with native animals.  Lee joins our café with 40 years of naturalist experience along with items to share and touch such as pelts, skulls, and other props. Come join the fun at the  Village of Kimberly Municipal Complex, Cedar Room, 515 W Kimberly Ave on Wednesday, January 24, from 1 - 3 PM.   For safety reasons, everyone is encouraged to attend with a partner!
It's "All About SNOW" 
at Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Do you remember walking through the snow on snowshoes? Perhaps you fell through a big drift and wished you had some! We will learn about the history of snowshoes and look at how they've changed. As long as we're talking about snow, we'll create our own snowflakes to liven up our winter homes!  It might be cold outside, but it will be warm here! Join the fun at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N3880 Rogers Rd in New London on Wednesday, January 10, 1:30 - 3:00 PM.  We encourage everyone to attend with a partner!
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
Fox Valley Memory Project hosts a specialized support group focusing on the needs of the care partner as they transition into new phases in their life.  Our discussions are focused on topics such as grief, guilt and shame, placement in long term care, treasuring memories, self-care and setting personal goals for the future.

We will be starting another "Transitions" program in January and are looking for care partners to join.   Our co-facilitators are Rev. Karon Sandberg, Heartland Hospice and Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch of the Fox Valley Memory Project.  

   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.
REACH - In-Home Caregiver Support
Welcome to our New Caregiver Coach Heather Flick
Join us in welcoming our new Caregiver Coach for the REACH Program, Heather Flick! Heather has been involved with the Fox Valley Memory Project and the REACH Program since their beginnings and we are excited to have her on board.  Heather will provide education, resources, and support free of charge to families.  

REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health) is a 6 month 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.   You may contact the Caregiver Coach, Heather Flick, directly at 920-997-8407 to find out more about this program. All calls are confidential.   Click here to read more about the REACH Program. 
"Understanding the Dementia Journey"
Free Educational Workshops Across the Fox Valley
The Fox Valley Memory Project and the Alzheimer's Association are partnering to present a year-long educational series about dementia.  The first workshop is entitled "Healthy Living for your Brain & Body" and will include a focus on Memory Cafés.  This workshop will be presented twice: 

      Tuesday, January 23   at the Neenah Public Library, 240 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah
     and on 
      Tuesday,  February 13 at the Prince of Peace Church, 2330 E Calumet St, Appleton

Both workshops begin at 5:30 PM.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more details on this exciting collaboration, click here.  
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. 
Participants have expressed an interest in having more opportunities to socialize. The next social meetup has been set for Wednesday, January 17th 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.   
Dementia Friendly Businesses in the Fox Valley
Our Purple Angel Heros!
Thank you to our Fox Valley Memory Project family of dementia-friendly businesses for taking the time to learn the best ways to serve your customers with dementia.  Please let them know you appreciate them.   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 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 
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 include 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 is 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. 

 Valley VNA Senior Care Offers "Lyrics & Laughter"
Research shows that music, especially with active participation, demonstrates physiological, emotional and social benefits to those with memory loss. Active participation stimulates the brain and also has some physical benefits. Music is a road to memories and helps those with dementia to engage and socialize in ways they normally cannot do.

The next series of "Lyrics & Laughter" begins on Thursday, January 11.    You can choose between a morning session beginning at 9:30 AM or an afternoon session beginning at 1 PM.   Please call 920-727-5555 to make a reservation for this engaging program. Click here  for more information. This program is held at Valley VNA Senior Care, 1535 Lyon Dr in Neenah.
Community Dialogue for Family Caregivers
Long Wisconsin winters can be stressful for caregivers.  Attend a free special program called "Caring, it's not the hard part of caregiving" with featuring staff from the Outagamie County Aging & Disability Resource Center and local family caregivers on Monday, January 29 at 211 E Franklin St in Appleton.  Programs include: 

1:30 - 3 PM    Focus on Special Needs Adult and Child Family Caregivers  
4:30 - 6 PM    Adult Family Caregivers, including Senior, Dementia/Alzheimer's                         and Special Needs Care.  

Click here for more information.  This program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Women's Council; Wisconsin Dept of Health Services; Office on Aging and Respite Care of Wisconsin and is hosted by WisconSibs, Inc. 
Memory Camp: A Time for Relaxation & Inspiration for 
People Living with Dementia & their Families 
This special camp is designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners and family members.  Trained volunteers and camp staff will provide a variety of programs at the beautiful Moon Beach Camp in St. Germain, WI on August 20 - 23, 2018.  Click here for more details.  If you would like additional information, please contact Susan McFadden at susan.h.mcfadden@gmail.com. 
Memory Care Respite Partners
A monthly respite program is held on the first Monday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 PM  at St Paul Lutheran Church in Neenah.  Due to the New Year's Day holiday, the January program will be held on Monday, January 8, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM.   Offering care partners 2 hours of personal time, this free program is staffed by professional caregivers and trained volunteers. Activities include music, organized arts, crafts and refreshments.   Advance registration is requested  by calling 920-383-1180 or by email at  memorycarerespitepartners@gmail.com.   Click here  for more information.  
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. 

Outagamie County Caregiver Coalition is offering a series of Caregiver Cafes for all kinds of caregivers, including parents, spouses, siblings, adult children, and friends. People come away finding support, new ideas, and resources that will directly help them as they care for their loved ones. Click here for more information about these supportive events.  
Please contact Terry.Schmeckpeper@Lsswis.org or (920)225-1704, for more information about these programs.  
 Educational Programs Offered by the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin offers free family and consumer education programs.  Click here to access more information about these local educational events and as well as support groups.  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 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.
We are delighted to announce that United Way Fox Cities has approved Lutheran Social Services' Fox Valley Memory Project for admission as a United Way program in 2018.  We look forward to partnering with United Way Fox Cities to serve our community.  
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.