February 1, 2019      
Meet Our Memory Cafe Facilitators!
This month, we'd like to introduce Pat Lund-Moe. Pat has been a Memory Cafe facilitator at Mosquito Hill Nature Center for the last five years. Fox Valley Memory Project is fortunate to partner with Friends of Mosquito Hill and with the nature center as host for this beautiful and unique setting for a Memory Cafe. When asked, Pat stated her favorite thing about the work she does to design and facilitate the cafe she responded, "I really enjoy meeting our participants and getting to know them. We all look forward to the monthly gathering and love the fact that we can provide a place for a Memory Cafe. I am so glad the cafes were started and continue to offer a space for our participants to enjoy time together with others who are traveling the same path."

Pat shares her passions with cafe participants. She enjoys nature, traveling, and time with family and friends. Pat and her volunteers, Becky, Cathy, Jenny, and Amy, always have creative activities at The Cafe on the Hill! Visit Pat and her team for the Memory Cafe at Mosquito Hill on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1:30pm. 
Rehearsal Begins!
On a Positive Note chorus rehearsals are beginning Tuesday, February 5 at 3:00pm. The chorus will meet at Thompson Community Center on Lourdes. Rehearsals will meet weekly (Tuesdays at 3:00pm) at TCoL through February and March with Spring performances starting mid-March. More information to come at rehearsal. Questions? Call 920 225-1711.
Alzheimer's Community Forum
Learn about Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss at this community forum hosted at Kaukauna High School Auditorium. Bring a friend who has been affected by memory loss and all are welcome to share thoughts about how to help our community. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Monday, February 11 from 5:30-7:00pm  at the Kaukauna High School Auditorium (1701 County CE, Kaukauna). 

Registration is requested; call 800 272-3900 or visit bit.ly/ALZforum2019. Click here for flyer describing the event.
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 discussion, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie and creative fun!    

We request everyone attend with a partner. Call 920 225-1711 for more information and click below for our upcoming café schedules.   

Mindworks to Begin February 5
Mindworks is a program for those with early symptoms of memory loss. The program promotes brain health and well-being so those with dementia can live well. Components emphasize social connections, community engagement, physical recreation, nutrition, and cognitive activities.

United Way Fox Cities is generously supporting this program with partner agency grant funds.  This program would not be possible without the support of United Way Fox Cities.
 
Call Brianna Jenkins, Program Coordinator, at 920 225-1711 with questions or for enrollment information.  
TLC Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Join us in a supportive and safe environment to share, interact, listen, and learn with other caregivers and care partners of those with a memory loss disability. This support group is specific to dementia caregivers. Come build community with others around you.

Session will begin Monday, February 4 and continues on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month through June. Registration is required

Sessions will run 1:00-2:15pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Appleton (312 S State Street). Please call 920 225-1711 to register or for more information. If you'd like a full flyer, please find that here.
Register for Memory Camp at Moon Beach!
It's not too soon to start thinking about summer! How would you like to spend three nights and two full days having a camp experience in the north woods that is designed for people living with dementia and their families? 

Come to Memory Camp at Moon Beach Camp in beautiful St. Germain, WI. Find out more about Moon Beach Camp

The first session will be  June 12 - 15. Click here for registration information. 

The second session will be  August 19 - 22. Click here for registration information.

If you have any questions about Memory Camp, please feel free to contact John and Susan McFadden at 920 739-8695. 

Thank You!
Thank you to those who have already generously contributed to the end of year donor appeal mailing Fox Valley Memory Project sent out in mid-December. If you did not receive the contribution envelope in the mail and would like to send a donation, you can mail a check to the FVMP office at 1800 Appleton Rd, Menasha, WI 54952. Thank you for your support of The Project!
Memory Loss Resource Center
The Memory Loss Resource Center provides information to those experiencing a dementia, their care partners, family and friends. Call 920 225-1711 to ask questions or schedule an appointment to obtain information and community resources.    
Memory Assessment Center
Memory Assessments are provided at Mosaic Family Health (229 S Morrison Street, Appleton). Initial assessments screen for memory impairment and assess overall health. If necessary, a more comprehensive memory evaluation can be provided in order to further diagnose a dementia or memory loss disability. 

Call Mosaic at 920 997-8436 to schedule an appointment.       
SPARK!
SPARK! is a program for caregivers and loved ones living with memory loss.  The Building for Kids Children's Museum and The Trout Museum of Art (with a second program at St Paul Elder Service) 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.  

February Session: Sunday, February 17 from 2:00-3:30pm 
For the Love of Music with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
                  
Registration: Contact the Building for Kids at 920 734-3226 or The Trout Museum at 920 733-4089 to reserve your spot.   Registration is required at least one week prior to your selected program(s) as space is limited. 
 
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. 
Learn by Doing:  Take A Virtual Dementia Tour
BrightStar Care of Appleton/Fox Cities offers a unique and moving experience known as a Virtual Dementia Tour. Three afternoon sessions take place the 3rd Monday of each month at BrightStar Care located at 35 Park Place, Appleton. 

February sessions include:
Monday, February 18: 3:00-4:00pm, 4:00-5:00pm, or 5:00-6:00pm.

Registration is requested by e-mail at cbrauer@brightstarcare.com or by calling 920 882-7277.  Click here for the 2019 Virtual Dementia Tour and registration information.
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, February 20 at 4:30 PM in the private meeting room at Pizza Ranch (N139 Eisenhower Drive, Appleton).  Come meet up with your Memory Project friends for a meal together and great conversation.       
Online Resources from DHS
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, in conjunction with Dementia-Capable Wisconsin, has made an online guide available to those who care for a person with a dementia. This guide may answer some questions and provide helpful suggestions on how to respond to some common symptoms of memory loss. Click here for the flyer and link to this online resource guide.
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 Thursday, March 8 and runs every Thursday until April 12.  You can choose between a morning session beginning at 9:30am  or an afternoon session beginning at 1:00pm.    

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 Drive, Neenah).
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 (200 N Commercial Street, 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.
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. Free parking is in the Mosaic clinic front parking lot. Share your journey with others having similar experiences. Click here for the flyer with meeting dates and contact information.    
 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.