October 1, 2018      
Big Changes for Fox Valley Memory Project!
We are excited to announce that Fox Valley Memory Project has been approved as an independent nonprofit agency!  Our programs and service to you will remain the same but as of September 1, our office site is located at the Goodwill Community Campus, 1800 Appleton Rd in Menasha.   Our phone numbers will remain the same but our email addresses will change.  Click below for our new email addresses.   
Join Us for Our Open House
Come visit us for an open house at our new location on Wednesday, October 17.  Join us from 7:30 to 10 am for a light breakfast and at 8:45 for our new logo reveal.    Click here for more details.  Please RVSP to Lynn Ann by  clicking here or call her at 920-225-1711.  
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. 

Enjoy the Sights, Sounds and Smells of Autumn at The Hill
Pumpkins, apples, and squash abound this time of year.  Let's taste and decorate as we enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn at the nature center.  Venture out to the Hill for a beautiful drive and fun afternoon with friends!   Looking forward to seeing you at Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N3880 Rogers Rd, New London on Wednesday, October 10, from 1:30-3 pm.   We request everyone attend with a partner!
 Music is in the AIR!  
Join your Fox Valley Memory Project friends as we celebrate the joy of music.

Elvis is in the building! Join us for a special Elvis tribute show covering all phases of the King's career. Come take a trip down memory lane with the King. Join us in Company E Room at the  Elisha D Smith Public Library, 440 First St in Menasha, on Wednesday, October 17 at 1:30 pm.  We request everyone attend with a partner!
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 us on October 10 at 7 pm as we attend the dress rehearsal for Dream Role Crazy 8,  a fast-paced 90 minutes of show-stopping hits in Perry Hall at the UW Fox Theatre, 1478 Midway Rd in Menasha.  Come and enjoy the fun!  You won't believe the energy of the night.   Please reserve your seat no later than Wednesday, October 3 by calling Lynn Ann at 920-225-1711 or by email  by clicking here!
Christmas Stars Preview Performance
Fox Valley Memory Project participants are invited to the "Christmas Stars" preview performance on  Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm. 

This spectacular, holiday-themed extravaganza celebrates and honors the joy of the season with a mix of secular and religious music, dance and plenty of fun!
Join us for a delightful celebration of the most wonderful time of the year at the 
Xavier Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 W Prospect Ave, in Appleton.   Please contact Lynn Ann at 920-225-1711 or lynnann@foxvalleymemoryproject.org  to reserve your seat no later than Thursday, November 22.  
Join Your Fox Valley Memory Project Friends 
As We Head Out for Autumn Fun 
Please join us on Thursday, October 11 as we travel on a coach  bus with old and new friends for our next exciting day trip. 
Our first stop is at the  Neville Public Museum where we will have the opportunity to engage in a SPARK! program about the secret lives of bees.  We will adventure into the hive to discover how bees live and work. We will also have the opportunity to take a 45 minute guided tour of the museum and special exhibits about the Green Bay Packers and the history of Brown County.

Our lunch will be served at Titletown Brewing Company. Located at a historic railroad depot, our luncheon site is the home of a popular area microbrewery and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our afternoon stop will be a tour of the newsroom and studio of WBAY Action 2 News! 
This trip is sponsored by a donation from Twin Eagle Resource Management's charitable giving campaign.

Click here  for more details and the registration form.  Please save your seat and register by Thursday, October 4, 2018.
Join Us to Dine and Socialize
One of the goals of 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, October 17 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.   
"Understanding the Dementia Journey"
Free Educational Workshops Across the Fox Valley
Fox Valley Memory Project and the Alzheimer's Association are partnering to present an educational series about dementia.  

The next 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   Tuesday, October 9 at the  Prince of Peace Church, 2330 E Calumet St. in Appleton.  

The workshop "Caregiver Stress: Take Care of Yourself" with a special focus topic about the REACH Program will be presented at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 27 at the Neenah Public Library, 240 E Wisconsin Ave and on Tuesday, December 11 at the Prince of Peace Church, 2330 E Calumet St in Appleton.  

Light refreshments will be served.  For more details click here.   
Concert for a Cause at Appleton North High School 
The choirs at Appleton North are excited to present their  2nd annual Concert for a Cause on Tuesday, October 16 at 5 and 8 pm in the Orlyn Zieman auditorium! This concert has free admission.   In lieu of purchasing a ticket, they ask audience members to donate to this year's cause: The Fox Valley Memory Project. Donations will be accepted at the door. 
Dementia Friendly Businesses in the Fox Valley
Our Purple Angel Heroes!
 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
Listen to the String Quartet of Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm for the next Senior Series concert at Touchmarkj, 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, November 8. 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
A monthly respite program is held on the 1st & 2nd Monday of each month at St Paul Lutheran Church in Neenah.  The next programs w ill be held on Monday, October 1 & 8 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.  

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 memorycarerespitepartners@gmail.com 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  October 12 (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.   Their next program on October 11 will feature polka music by Norm Powers.   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.
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 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 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.  
 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.