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Caregiver Respite Grants

You likely devote a great deal of time and energy to taking care of a loved one living with disabilities and special needs, but it’s so important that you take care of yourself, too!  If you are not at your best, how can you give your best to the people you love?  The Caregiver Respite Grant Program is here to help you do just that! Our Caregiver Respite Grant Program (CRGP) provides financial support for family caregivers for up to five days of respite care within […]

Chorus Concert – Love and Inspiration

Join us for a free concert by On a Positive Note Chorus, a vibrant group of people living with dementia and their care partners who come together to experience the magic of music. This concert will focus on songs celebrating love and inspiration. Sunday February 20th at 1 PM St. Margaret Mary Parish Hall 620 Division Street Neenah, WI Enter from Reed Street Masks are required at the concert

February 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, February 3 – 1:30 – 3:00p American Painter’s Day: We’ll enjoy a discussion and a look at some of the great works of Norman Rockwell, and try our hand at our own work of art. If you have a Norman Rockwell print […]

Sensory Bin Activity

Engaging Activity for people with Dementia by Kristy Millar, Resource Navigator Many family care partners of those living with dementia express frustration that their loved one will follow them throughout the house, making it difficult to complete necessary tasks such as paying bills, making appointments, and so on. Your loved one with dementia may find comfort in knowing where you are. In a world that is increasingly confusing to them, you are their guide. Finding meaningful activities that your loved […]

Holiday Tips

Juggling being a care partner along with your usual holiday engagements can be a challenge. There may be family members who are not familiar with dementia and the disease progression in your loved one. There may be duties like cooking or hosting which are traditionally your role but could be too much to do this year. While the holidays may look different when your loved one has dementia, here are a few tips to help support you and your loved […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]
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