September 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 will be located at the Goodwill Campus, 1800 Appleton Rd in Menasha.   Watch for more information about an open house in October.    Our phone numbers will remain the same but our email addresses will change.  Click below for our new email addresses.   
Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region 
& Chalice Circle of King's Daughters & Sons Fund 
Support Volunteer Training!
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded Fox Valley Memory Project a grant from Chalice Circle of King's Daughters & Sons Fund to provide a unique training opportunity. The 5th Annual Spark! Conference is taking place in Appleton on September 20 and 21. Fox Valley Memory Project is sending 10 of its volunteers who help to support and facilitate Memory Cafés, Purple Angel training program and FVMP Bus Trips.

Spark! is creative arts programming offered in museums, nature centers, and cultural venues for those with memory loss disabilities and their care partners. Spark! is internationally known and strives to engage and enlighten persons living with dementia. Conference attendees will learn best practices and new ideas in art and culture learning programs from nationally recognized presenters as well as hands-on learning sessions. Topics will include learning about brain health, art-making, grant writing, and building community partnerships.
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. 

Get Creative At Atlas Waterfront Café
Join us on Thursday, September 6 at 2 pm  at the Atlas Waterfront Café, 425 W Water St (Paper Discovery Center building) in Appleton.  Korina Theisen of Create.Fox Valley will lead us in a creative activity to make home themed wood painted signs. A special thank you goes to Jean Chew who provided the funding for this project in memory of her husband, Jim.   We request everyone attend with a partner!
 Music is in the AIR!  
Join your Fox Valley Memory Project friends as they celebrate the joy of music at two memory cafés in September.   

Monday, September 17, 1:30-3:30 pm   Neenah Public Library, 240 E Wisconsin Ave  
Join the talented Duo Doodlebugs, Sharon Bowen and Judy Sarnecki, for a sing along of popular favorites. 

Thursday, September 20, 2-4 pm   Atlas Waterfront Cafe, 425 W Water St, Appleton
Join members of the newVoices Choir as we sing songs that will take us back to our school days. Our special musical guests are preparing a variety of folk songs as well as songs that will remind us of autumn weather.

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.
Transitions Support Group
Fox Valley Memory Project hosts a specialized support group focusing on the needs of the care partner as they transition into new phases in their life.  Our discussions are focused on topics such as grief, guilt and shame, placement in long term care, treasuring memories, self-care and setting personal goals for the future.

We will be starting another "Transitions" program in September and are looking for care partners to join.   Our co-facilitators are Rev. Karon Sandberg, Heartland Hospice and Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch of the Fox Valley Memory Project.  

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 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, September 19 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 a year-long educational series about dementia.  

The next workshops are entitled "Understanding & Responding to Behaviors" with a special focus topic called "Purple Angel Dementia Awareness."  These workshops will be presented at 5:30 pm  on  Tuesday, September 25 at the Neenah Public Library, 240 E Wisconsin Ave and on Tuesday, October 9 at the  Prince of Peace Church, 2330 E Calumet St. in Appleton.  

Light refreshments will be served.  For more details on this exciting collaboration, click here.   
Join the "On a Positive Note" Chorus
 and Put a Little Music in Your Life
Welcome our new director Kathleen Albrecht as she leads the "On a Positive Note" chorus in practicing favorite and familiar songs.   This chorus is especially designed for those experiencing memory loss and their loved ones.  No special musical skills are required. 

Rehearsals will be on  Tuesday afternoons, September 4, 11 & 18 from 3 - 4 pm at the  Thompson Center on Lourdes,   2331 E Lourdes Dr. in Appleton. Take the Elevator to Room 203.  The  performance event will be on  Thursday, September 20 at 12 pm  at the Building for Kids, 100 W College Ave. in Appleton.  Our performance will be part of the  5th Annual SPARK! conference 

Click here for more information.  For safety reasons, we request that everyone attend with at least 1 partner. 
Dementia Friendly Businesses in the Fox Valley
Our Purple Angel Heroes!
Congratulations to Amy Froelich, owner of By Nature Home Styling, LLC and the staff of Harbor House in Appleton for being our latest Purple Angel Partners.  Thank you for taking the time to learn the best ways to serve your clients living with dementia.  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
5th Annual SPARK! Conference 
"Connecting through Creativity"
The 5th Annual SPARK! Conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 20 & 21 at The Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton. 

The SPARK! conference provides a diverse offering of training focused on best practices for creative engagement through art, nature and culture. The conference will feature nationally recognized presenters, in-depth and hands-on sessions which will include brain health, art-making, grant writing, building community partnerships and many others.

If you are a professional caregiver, activities or medical professional looking for fresh and engaging actives to enhance programs for people with memory loss, this conference is for you!   For more information about this exciting conference and to register click here!
Celebrate Music with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
Listen to the woodwind small ensemble of Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm for the next Senior Series concert at Brookdale Senior Living, 5800 Pennsylvania Ave 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, September 13. 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 program w ill be held on Monday, September 10 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.   There will be no program on Monday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.  

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 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  September 14 (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.  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.
Programs 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.