FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mike Rohrkaste, Executive Director
Fox Valley Memory Project
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 for FVMP to develop and implement new support services to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), care partners, and families living in the Fox Valley and surrounding rural communities.
Currently, more than 8,000 people are estimated to be living with memory loss in the Fox Valley, and this number is projected to double by 2040. The new services will support people with ADRD who live at home alone, individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are at greater risk of developing dementia, and ethnically and culturally diverse communities. A new evidence-based program for people with ADRD and care partners that includes a dedicated team to assist with resource connections, caregiver education, and training will also be implemented.
“These new services will greatly expand our existing care network and will provide families the support they need to meet the challenges of dementia,” said David Morton, FVMP Board President.
“Providing families with a dedicated support person is vital to having people living with dementia and their care partners receive the care they will need over time,” added Dr. John Barkmeier, FVMP Board Member and 2022 incoming Board President.
The first phase of this award will involve up to a six-month planning process between FVMP, ACL, and the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center to ensure a successful implementation of the new services and build long-term sustainability beyond the life of the grant. FVMP will also be working with more than twenty community partner organizations who will participate in this project in multiple ways.
About Fox Valley Memory Project
Fox Valley Memory Project is a community organization in northeastern Wisconsin helping people living with memory loss, their care partners, and families to live well through compassion, understanding, engagement, acceptance, inclusion, and joy. Working with many partner organizations, we offer multiple programs including, socialization events, caregiver education and support, respite, referral services, and community education. Based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha, the organization received its independent 501(c)(3) status in 2018.
For more information, contact Mike Rohrkaste, Executive Director, at 920.284.9507.