December 1, 2018      
Welcome Brianna!

Hello, my name is Brianna Jenkins and I have recently joined Fox Valley Memory Project as the Program Coordinator. I am very excited to be a part of The Project and its strong community of supporters. For the past three years, I have been with Outagamie County ADRC. Prior to that, I spent three years with Aspiro, Inc, a day services program for adults with developmental disabilities. On a more personal note, I am an Appleton native and recently bought a house near downtown Appleton with my husband, Patrick. In November 2017, we added Roscoe, our German Shepherd mix to the Jenkins family! We like to go camping, hiking, and kayaking, and always look forward to spending weekends with family and friends. Thank you in advance for your support and guidance as I begin my journey in this new role. I cannot wait to meet our participants, volunteers, and all the supporters of The Memory Project!

Support Us on Amazon
Fox Valley Memory Project is now an available charity you can select on Amazon Smile. Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charity.  Please visit   smile.amazon.com to select FVMP to receive Amazon donations.  Each time you shop Amazon, be sure to do so through the Smile link in order for the purchases to be eligible.  
FVMP Mindworks Coming Soon!
Lutheran Social Services and Fox Valley Memory Project are working together to transfer Mindworks over to Fox Valley Memory Project. United Way Fox Cities is generously supporting this program transfer with partner agency grant funds.  This transfer would not be possible without the support of United Way Fox Cities.

Mindworks is a program providing those with dementia a proactive approach to brain fitness and overall health and wellness.  Mindworks students also enjoy friendship and social connections. The next session is slated to begin in mid-January. More information coming soon.  Call Jill Grambow, Executive Director, at 920-225-1724 with questions. 
Thank you Christmas Stars
Fox Valley Memory Project attended the "Christmas Stars" preview performance on Wednesday, November 28 at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre. Nearly 60 friends of FVMP attended the show and had a wonderful time. Thank you, Terri Bourassa, for the invitation and for supporting the mission of FVMP by welcoming and including our friends in this spectacular event - a treasure to the community.
Time to Sing!
On a Positive Note chorus practice takes place on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM at Thompson Center on Lourdes (2231 E. Lourdes Dr., Appleton, WI 54915). No choral experience or singing ability required! We welcome all who have a dementia and their care partners. The first performance is at St. Paul Elder Services on Thursday, December 13 at 2:30 PM. Another performance is Monday, December 17 at 10:00 AM at the Building for Kids. 
Celebrate with FVMP!
The holiday season is on its way! The Memory Café at Atlas Coffee Mill on Thursday, December 20  will host its annual Christmas Party. Join us for a beautiful holiday performance by newVoices. We will also enjoy holiday goodies and conversation about family traditions of the season. We are looking forward to celebrating with everyone. Please note that the December Café schedule has some changes and cancellations due to the holiday season.
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 Jill at 920-225-1711  for more information.  Click below for our upcoming café schedules.   

Steering Into the Skid
Winnebago County ADRC is offering a powerful one act play on Tuesday, December 18. There is an afternoon and evening performance, both in Oshkosh. Click here for more information on this FREE opportunity and moving experience. Register by December 14 by calling the ADRC at 877-886-2372.  Click on Flyer
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
The Memory Loss Resource Center is a service offered by Fox Valley Memory Project. This service welcomes those experiencing a dementia, family and friends. Get information about our programs, memory loss educational materials, and learn of local resources available in the community. Call 920-225-1711 to ask questions or to schedule a personal appointment.    
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 Us to Dine and Socialize
Fox Valley Memory Project strives to reduce social isolation in a stigma-free environment for care partners and their loved ones with memory loss. We help to facilitate opportunities to socialize.
 
The next social meetup has been set for Wednesday, December 19 at 4:30 PM in the private meeting room at Pizza Ranch, N139 Eisenhower Dr. in Appleton.  Come meet up with your Memory Project friends for a meal together and great conversation.    
"Understanding the Dementia Journey"
Free Educational Workshops Across the Fox Valley
Fox Valley Memory Project and Alzheimer's Association are partnering to present an educational series about dementia.  
 
"Caregiver Stress: Take Care of Yourself" with a special focus on the RCI - REACH program will be presented on Tuesday, December 11 at Prince of Peace Church, 2330 E Calumet St. in Appleton.   
 
Light refreshments will be served.  For more details  click here.    
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 January 10 and runs through February 14. 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.
Celebrate Music with Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy Holiday Strings and Winds with Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM for the next Senior Series concert at Carolina Assisted Living, 3201 W 1st Avenue in Appleton. All Senior Series concerts are free and open to the public. 
SPARK!
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. 

Memory Care Respite Partners
A monthly respite program is held on the 1st & 2nd Monday of each month at St Paul Lutheran Church in Neenah. This free program is staffed by professional caregivers and trained volunteers. Activities include music, organized arts, crafts and refreshments. 
Registration is requested by email at  memorycarerespitepartners@gmail.com or by calling 920-383-1180.   Click here  for more information.  
 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.
NEW Caregiver Support  
Mosaic Family Health at 229 S Morrison St in downtown Appleton has started a new family caregiver support group. The new group is offered the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is December 19 from 10 AM - 11:30 AM. Free parking is in the Mosaic clinic front parking lot. Share your journey with others having similar experiences. Call Heather Flick at 920-997-8436 for questions.  
 Thank You to Our Generous Supporters
Fox Valley Memory Project is funded entirely by donations and grants. Thank you to all who generously contribute to the organization.   
 Collaborating to Improve Quality of Life
 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.