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What’s in a Name?

by Susan H. McFadden Ph.D. People sometimes ask how we came up with the name for Fox Valley Memory Project. It actually happened rather quickly in the process of discussing who we would serve and what we would do. Dr. Lee Vogel, Beth Belmore, Margie Rankin and I met regularly starting in December, 2010, and a year later, things were moving quickly toward obtaining funding to launch this new organization. Now we needed a name! We had already decided to […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/whats-in-a-name/

ACL Grant

Administration for Community Living Grant totaling nearly $1 Million On July 7 2021, Fox Valley Memory Project was awarded one of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative awards. This 3 year cooperative agreement, titled Expanding the Continuum of Inclusive Resources for the Dementia Journey in the Fox Valley Region of Wisconsin will provide new programs for people living with dementia, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and care partners. Who is the Administration for Community Living? ACL […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/acl-grant/

October Social Events

Memory Cafés welcome persons experiencing memory loss, along with family and friends who love and care for them.  Attendees participate in activities, learning, music, conversation, refreshments, laughter, and fun.   Appleton River Tyme Bistro, 425 W. Water Street, Appleton – Thursday, October 7 – 1:30 – 3:00p This weekend is National Chess Day. Are you a chess player? You don’t need to be to enjoy today’s chess-themed cafe. Let’s look over some interesting chess pieces (bring yours to share), talk […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/october-social-events/

September Social Events

Click to Open Social Event Schedule Memory Cafés welcome persons experiencing memory loss, along with family and friends who love and care for them. Attendees participate in activities, learning, music, conversation, refreshments, laughter, and fun. Appleton River Tyme Bistro 425 W. Water Street, Appleton Thursday, Sept 2 – 1:30 – 3:00p BINGO! Let’s play a classic game of bingo while enjoying some sweet treats and coffee down by the river. The bingo prizes are sure to delight! River Tyme Bistro […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/september21-social-events-2/

Federal Grant Awarded to FVMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Mike Rohrkaste, Executive Director Fox Valley Memory Project [email protected] 920.284.9507   Fox Valley Memory Project awarded federal grant for Alzheimer’s Initiative totaling nearly $1 million   MENASHA, Wis. (August 10, 2021) — Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP) is pleased to announce that the Administration for Community Living, a division of Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded FVMP a three-year cooperative agreement of $997,418 for its Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative. This award will provide funding […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/federal-grant-awarded-to-fvmp/

August Memory Cafés

Check out the August Memory Café Calendar! Please note that we follow the mask policies of host sites. We will update this page as we learn more about each site’s policy. Appleton River Tyme Bistro 425 W. Water Street, Appleton Thursday, August 5 – 1:30 – 3:00p National Sandwich Month – We’re talking sandwiches in all their forms. Bring your favorite “recipe” or secret ingredient to share with the group. We’ll be learning about this most popular food that has […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/august-memory-cafes/

Beaming Inc. Equine Café

BEAMING Inc. is a non-profit organization in Neenah, Wisconsin that offers equine-assisted services. Their unique programming focuses on providing equine experiences for individuals with special needs and community members. BEAMING clients participate in riding and face-to-face interactions with our specially trained horses. BEAMING’s professional certified instructors are with our riders every stride and work diligently to provide safe and meaningful experiences. Fox Valley Memory Project is teaming up with BEAMING to host a Memory Café involving non-riding, equine-assisted activities. From […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/beaming-equine-cafe/

A Friendly Robot

Two Appleton care communities are participating in an innovative program featuring a friendly telepresence robot. But, you might ask, can a robot be friendly? Yes! This can happen when an artist, staff person, or family member “drives” the robot and uses creative engagement techniques to engage with memory care residents through its screen. This project, led by Brooklyn poet Gary Glazner, founder and director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, began with a trial run at St. Paul Elder Services (SPES) […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/a-friendly-robot/

Intergenerational Chorus Collaboration – “When Memory Fades”

The On a Positive Note Chorus and the Xavier High School Chorale   Several years ago, Emily Albrecht, a music education major at St. Olaf College, proposed an exciting idea to her mother, Kathleen. For one of her course requirements, she would design a detailed curriculum for high school students to learn about aging, dementia, creativity, music, and creating dementia friendly communities. Emily knew the music teachers at Xavier High School, her alma mater, and invited the director of the […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/intergenerational-chorus-collaboration-when-memory-fades/

Creative Care – Book Review by Susan H. McFadden

Imagine this: A world where people diagnosed with some type of dementia continue to experience joy and wonder regardless of the progression of their dementia; a world where communities view various forms of long-term care as places for engaging arts and cultural events; a world in which people living with a dementia do not need to be concerned about what they forget, but rather are celebrated for what they can imagine. Can such a world be possible? In her new […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/creative-care-book-review-by-susan-h-mcfadden/
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