March 1, 2019      
Meet Our Memory Cafe Facilitators!
We'd like you to meet Nicole Hardina-Wilhelm, Assistant Director of the Neenah Public Library, and our facilitator for the Memory Café at Neenah Public Library. Did you know that the Memory Café at Neenah Public Library was the second café site hosted in the Fox Cities? Nicole has been a facilitator with FVMP for the last six years, bringing people together in a wonderful space to build community and friendship. Nicole shared that the things she likes most about facilitating is when the group plays games and cheers each other on and everyone laughs together. She also said, "I'm always excited when we have Lyrics and Laughter and drum circles." Nicole attributes much of her café's continued success to her wonderful volunteers and co-facilitators from Valley VNA. Outside of memory cafés and her work at the library, Nicole enjoys exploring Wisconsin's many hiking trails with her son and her dogs.
 
Thank you so much Nicole for what you do for Fox Valley Memory Project. Our participants are blessed to have a space to enjoy friendship as well as your engaging activities!
 
Stop in for a visit with Nicole and her volunteers Tara, Jack, Renee, and Mary at the Memory Café at Neenah Public Library on the 3rd Monday of each month at 1:30p.

And On ANOTHER Positive Note!
On a Positive Note chorus has the Spring Concert performance coming up at the end of the month! The chorus has been putting in rehearsal time to prepare for two March performances. 
 
We're happy to announce a free, one-hour concert open to the public on March 31 at First Congregational Church (724 E South River Street, Appleton) at 2:00p .
 
On a Positive Note will delight you with familiar songs as well as new selections. Additionally, accompanist Tony Cardello, will dazzle the crowd with a solo! Bring your family and friends to enjoy this unique musical experience. Refreshments will be served following the concert. 
NEW! TLC Dementia Caregiver Support Group II
Fox Valley Memory Project is hosting a second TLC Caregiver Support Group beginning March 26! The group will meet at the Goodwill Community Campus (1800 Appleton Rd in Menasha) from 1:00-2:15p the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from March-June. Registration is required.
 
Join us in a supportive and safe environment to share, interact, listen, and learn with other care-partners of those living with dementia or a memory loss disability. Come build community with others around you.
 
Please call 920 225-1711 or e-mail brianna@foxvalleymemoryproject.org for more information or to register.   
Updated! 2019  BUS  TRIP Save-the-Date!
Big News Friends -- we overbooked you folks for Thursday, May 9. The first 2019 FVMP bus trip has been moved to Tuesday, May 14 . It is going to be an exciting excursion! Watch the FVMP Facebook page for details and announcements at Memory Cafes. The week of March 19 will be the destination reveal!

Fox Valley Memory Project is so very excited for your opportunity to attend the Spark! Extension:  Golden Boys at the Fox Cities PAC on Thursday, May 9. Check out the details:  https://buildingforkids.org/spark/ .  It is sure to be a fun show and the added dementia-friendly activities and accommodations will make for a special evening.
 
We also have selected a tentative date for the second bus trip on Thursday, June 27.
 
More information to come! We all look forward to these wonderful trips together.
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.   


Fox Valley Memory Project's NEW WEBSITE!

FVMP is going live with a new website this month! Watch for it!

Mindworks
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. Mindworks also provides respite time for caregivers and loved ones. Additionally, a TLC Caregiver Support Group will be meeting on Tuesdays (2nd and 4th of the month) from 1:00-2:15p at the Goodwill Community Campus.

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.  
Wellness Program: Tai Chi Easy
Tai Chi Easy is back by popular demand. Take some time for you and your self care. Exercising has been shown to reduce risks of Alzheimer's and other health conditions. This 7-week session will be hosted at the Hoffman Memory Care Resource Center at St. Paul Elder Services (221 E 13th Street, Kaukauna).

When: Mondays, March 4 - April 15  |  4:00 - 5:30p 

Lorrie Formella, MA, Circle of Life Coach, will be leading this Tai Chi Easy session. Please register by calling Julie Feil, 920 766-6186, as space is limited. Here is the flyer with more detailed information.
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. 

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.    
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.  

March Session (BFK): Sunday, March 17 from 2:00-3:30p | Spring Silk Scarves

March Session (Trout): Monday, March 11 from 1:00-2:30p | An Adventure in the Arts
                  
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. 
 
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 9:30a  or an afternoon session beginning at 1:00p.    

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).
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. 
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.       
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. 

March Sessions Include:
Monday, March18: 3:00-4:00p, 4:00-5:00p, or 5:00-6:00p.

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, March 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.
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.