May 1, 2019      
Featured Facilitator
Friends of Fox Valley Memory Project  meet Julie Feil, this month's Featured Facilitator. Julie is the Coordinator of the Memory Care Resource Center at St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna. She is also one of our generous Memory Cafe facilitators, specifically at the Kaukauna Library, as well as the Memory Care Resource Center. When Julie was asked what her favorite part of the Project is she answered, "I love how FVMP has reached out to those in our community living with various forms of memory loss and provided an avenue for socialization, support, and acceptance." Julie plays a big role in providing those avenues in both her career and her longtime support of FVMP. When she isn't offering up superb Memory Cafes or assisting families with support services, she can be found enjoying all that nature has to offer - whether that is kayaking near her home, or up north hiking.

Thank You Julie, for all that you do for Fox Valley Memory Projects and for families across the area with your knowledge and understanding.

Please visit Julie and Memory Cafe volunteers at the Memory Cafes in Kaukauna:

Kaukauna Public Library (207 Thilmany Rd, Ste 200) on the 
2nd Monday of the month from 1:30-3:00p 

Memory Care Resouce Center (221 E 13th St) on the 
4th Monday of the month from 10:30a-noon 
(not in May due to Memorial Day)
BUS  TRIP to the National Railroad Museum
"Get your tickets" for the first 2019 FVMP bus trip and ALL ABOARD to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 14 and take the trip with Fox Valley Memory Project. A majority of the day will be spent at the Railroad Museum with a tour, train ride, and a hobo lunch! Our afternoon stop will be a the historic Zesty's frozen custard shop before heading home.
 
The wonderful sponsor for the first 2019 bus trip is the Schmerein/Heaney Charitable Trust.
 
Registration required and space is limited. Print and fill out the registration form here or ask for one from a Memory Cafe facilitator the next time you visit. R eturn each form and $30.00/person fee to Brianna at: 

Fox Valley Memory Project 
1800 Appleton Road 
Menasha, WI 54952 

Register by F riday, May 3
For more information, call Brianna at 920 225-1711.
The Mindworks Experience: an Open House Event
Come and see what Fox Valley Memory Project's Mindworks program is all about. Community members are invited (no need to register for this day) to visit the Goodwill Community Campus to get a glimpse of the Mindworks class in action.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019  |  12:30 - 2:00p 

Goodwill Community Campus (1800 Appleton Road, Menasha)
Enter Door 2 and follow signs/direction to Neenah-Menasha room

Mindworks is a FVMP program for those with early symptoms of memory loss or dementia. Mindworks promotes well-being and social interaction through classroom activities, community engagement, service projects, and physical activity. This program is an opportunity for those with memory loss to participate in meaningful experiences as an individual while also supplying respite for loved ones.

Enrollment for Mindworks is OPEN. Class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00a-2:15p. Please call 920 225-1711 for more information. Registration is required prior to class participation.
A Call for Mindworks Volunteers!
The Fox Valley Memory Project Mindworks program is in search of an Instructor Assistant. 

Mindworks sessions occur every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00a-2:15p at the Goodwill Community Campus in Menasha.  You can find more details about the Mindworks program and activities in the article above.

If you or someone you know is interested in being part of Mindworks as an Instructor Assistant/Volunteer, please call Brianna Jenkins, Program Coordinator, at 920 225-1711 or e-mail brianna@foxvalleymemoryproject.org. Thank you so much!
Memory Cafés - May Brings Change
May brings some more changes to Memory Cafes at Fox Valley Memory Project. Appleton Public Library will be making a permanent shift from the 1st Tuesday to the 2nd Thursday afternoon at Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Also, the Memory Cafe at Kimberly Public Library will, moving forward, begin at 1:30p.

All changes to the schedule have been notated in blue print .
 
May Memory Cafes


We request everyone attend with a partner. Call 920 225-1711 for more information.   
A Heartfelt Thank You
Fox Valley Memory Project would like to give a special Thank You to Oliver Zornow for the continued support and appreciationfor FVMP programming and partnerships. 
Oliver recently sparked some new ideas in our Memory Café facilitators and volunteers at our quarterly team meeting. He also organized four special Café performances by Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in celebration of our featured theme in partnership with the Spark! program and the PAC, The Golden Age of Music. Oliver finds countless ways to include and support all people by bringing music, art, laughter, song, and spirit into the lives and hearts of all of us here and FVMP and throughout the community. Thank you, Oliver.
TLC Dementia Caregiver Support Group II
The current session of Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:00-2:15p at the Goodwill Community Campus. Registration is required

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.

Please call 920 225-1711  or e-mail brianna@foxvalleymemoryproject.org for more information or to register. We hope to see you there. 
Mindworks News
Mindworks and Unleashed - A Homeschool Cooperative have formed a partnership called ReGenerate. This intergenerational group will work together on service projects that benefit those in the Fox Valley. The homeschool students and Mindworks participants are creating sensory mats for those living with dementia as their first project. The mats provide comfort and instill calm. They will be donated to RCI-Reach Caregiver Coach, Heather Flick, as a gift to her clients with a message...                                    
Thinking of you...live well ~ From ReGenerate
 
Call Brianna Jenkins, Program Coordinator, at 920 225-1711 with any questions about Mindworks or for enrollment information.  
Register for Memory Camp at Moon Beach!
Summer is just around the corner! 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? Scholarship assistance is available for camp as well! Click here to get an idea  of what is in store for Memory Camp this summer. 

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.  

May 2019 Sessions

Building for Kids
Sunday, May 19 from 2:00-3:30p | Green Thumb Gardening

Trout Museum:
Monday, May 13 from 1:00-2:30p  |  Bridget Riley 3-D Drawings
                  
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. 
 
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, May 15 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!
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.       
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.