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/

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/

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/

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/

Nominate a Star Contest Winner!

Of the many nominations of local stars who’ve gone above and beyond for the community around us, our very own Kathleen Albrecht – On a Positive Note Chorus Director – was nominated and WON! The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Broadway Across America – Fox Cities Series Nominate a Star campaign asked community members to nominate friends, family members, and colleagues. Jean Orbison, a participant and generous supporter of Fox Valley Memory Project, along with others from the On a Positive Note […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/nominate-a-star-contest-winner/

Social Isolation Affects our Memory

In the last few years, there has been a lot of research on the effects of social isolation on health and well-being. In 2018, the government in the United Kingdom created a Ministry of Loneliness and stated that loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Little did they know how much attention we’d be paying to loneliness and social isolation in 2020! Earlier this year, a research article reported on a study of over 10,000 […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/social-isolation-affects-our-memory/

Beaming, Inc. and Fox Valley Memory Project Partner to Offer a Unique Equine Experience

On November 2nd, friends of Fox Valley Memory Project will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, groom, feed, and have a photo with friendly therapy horses at Beaming, Inc in Neenah. Thank you to Walt Zerrenner for sponsoring the chance to get up close and personal with horses!   You can find the full information for this event here. Please call or e-mail the contacts provided to register as space is limited for the event. If you have […] https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/beaming-inc-and-fox-valley-memory-project-partner-to-offer-a-unique-equine-experience/
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