August 1, 2018      
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 request everyone attend with a partner!  Call Lynn Ann at 920-225-1711  for more information.  Click below for our upcoming café schedules. 
Get Creative in Neenah!
Join us on Monday, August 20 at 1:30 pm  at the Neenah Library.   We have an exciting afternoon planned with staff from Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. They will lead us in making fused glass sun catchers. Special thanks to Jean Chew for providing the funding for this café in memory of her husband Jim.     We request everyone attend with a partner!
Get ready to "ROCK ON" 
in Kimberly and Kaukauna!
Have you joined the rock painting craze yet? The idea is simple. People paint rocks with  bright colors and designs or with short messages on them and hide them - preferably in plain sight - so that people find them. The person who finds the rock can take a photo of it or a selfie with the rock and post it to a special Facebook page.   We have enlisted some of our very own rock painting enthusiasts to lead us at two memory cafes in August!   We request everyone attend with a partner!

Monday, August 13, 1:30-3 pm
Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Rd, Suite 200 

Wednesday, August 22, 1-3 pm
Village of Kimberly Municipal Complex, Cedar Room, 515 W Kimberly Ave
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.
REACH  In-Home Caregiver Support
REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health) is a 6 month evidence-based in-home 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. 
Join Your Fox Valley Memory Project Friends 
As We Head To Door County For 
Some Summer FUN!
Please join us on Thursday, August 9 as we travel on a coach  bus with old and new friends for our next exciting day trip.  There are a few seats still available.  
Our first stop is at Renard's Cheese in Sturgeon Bay. We will learn about the history of this family owned and operated business run by the 3rd generation master cheese maker, Chris Renard.  Be prepared to sample their tasty cheese, fresh curds and a tempting selection of fudge!  We will make sure we have coolers ready for you to store your purchases!

The drive to our luncheon site will take us through the quaint villages of Door County. Our luncheon site is Rowley's Bay Resort on the Lake Michigan shoreline.   Dessert will be trays of tasty bars from Grandma's Swedish Bakery, conveniently located at our luncheon site. This popular tourist stop has been tantalizing the taste buds of Door County visitors and natives with ½-pound pecan and cinnamon rolls, cardamom coffee cake, cherry granola cookies and limpa bread. You will have an opportunity to visit the bakery to take home tasty treats!

Click here  for more details and the registration form.  Please save your seat and register by Thursday, August 2, 2018.
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, August 15 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 Happy Wanderers German Band in Summer Concert
in Neenah
Join us for an evening of music with the Neenah Community Band at their concert on Tuesday, August 21 at 7 pm.  This free concert will be held at Riverside Park, 500 E Wisconsin Ave. in Neenah.  This concert will feature the "Happy Wanderers German Band."  For more information about the Neenah Community Band and their summer programs  click here.

"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 August workshop is entitled  "Effective Communication Strategies" with a special presentation topic about Sensory Theme Kits.   This workshop will be presented at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, August 14  at the Prince of Peace Church, 2330 E Calumet St. in Appleton.  

The September workshop is entitled "Understanding & Responding to Behaviors" with a special focus topic called "Purple Angel Dementia Awareness."  This workshop will be presented at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 25 at the Neenah Public Library, 240 E Wisconsin Ave.  

Light refreshments will be served.  For more details on this exciting collaboration, click here.   
Join the "On a Positive Note" Chorus
 and Put a Little Music in Your Life
Frank Rippl will once again lead the "On a Positive Note" chorus in favorite and familiar songs.  This chorus is especially designed for those experiencing memory loss and their loved ones.  No special musical skills are required. 

Rehearsals will be on  Tuesday afternoons, August 28 and September 4, 11 & 18 from 3 - 4 pm at the  Thompson Center on Lourdes,   2331 E Lourdes Dr. in Appleton. Take the Elevator to Room 203.  The  performance event will be on  Thursday, September 20 at 12 pm  at the Building for Kids, 100 W College Ave. in Appleton.  Our performance will be part of the  5th Annual SPARK! conference 

Click here for more information.  For safety reasons, we request that everyone attend with at least 1 partner. 
5th Annual SPARK! Conference 
"Connecting through Creativity"
The 5th Annual SPARK! Conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 20 & 21 at The Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton. 

The SPARK! conference provides a diverse offering of training focused on best practices for creative engagement through art, nature and culture. The conference will feature nationally recognized presenters, in-depth and hands-on sessions which will include brain health, art-making, grant writing, building community partnerships and many others.

If you are a professional caregiver, activities or medical professional looking for fresh and engaging actives to enhance programs for people with memory loss, this conference is for you!   For more information about this exciting conference and to register click here!
Dementia Friendly Businesses in the Fox Valley
Our Purple Angel Heroes!
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 
Celebrate Music with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
Join the Jazz Trio of Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm for the next Senior Series Concert at Touchmark, 2601 Touchmark Dr in Appleton.  All Senior Series concerts are free and open to the public.  
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,September 13. 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.
Memory Care Respite Partners
Changes Beginning in August
A monthly respite program is held on the first Monday of each month at St Paul Lutheran Church in Neenah. The next program w ill be held on Monday, August 6 and 13 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.  

Beginning in August this program will be held on both the 1st and 2nd Monday of each month.  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 email at or by calling 920-383-1180.   Click here  for more information.  
Caregiver Cafe at Fox River Mall
Are you a parent, spouse, sibling, child or friend in a caregiver role?   Join us at the Fox River Mall Food Court on  August 10 (second Friday of each month) between 8 and 9 am as we talk with others who to share thoughts, problems, feelings, and solutions in a nonjudgmental place.   Join us to  recharge and feel appreciated for your care-giving efforts

Click here for more information.  Sponsored by the Outagamie County Caregiver Coalition and UW Extension, Outagamie County. 
"Time Out Cafe"  In Seymour
Good Shepherd Services offers an entertainment program called "Time Out Cafe" on the second Thursday of each month from 2 to 3:30 pm.  Bring a friend, make some new friends and have some fun at the Good Shepherd Services Community Center, 607 E Bronson Rd. in Seymour.  Click here for more information or contact Barb VanGompel at 920-833-6856.      
 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.
Programs Offered by Lutheran Social Services 
The MindWorks program provides a supportive place for persons to proactively work on brain fitness and allows attendees to connect with others who understand memory loss challenges.   Click here  for more information about this program.
 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.