As many of my readers know, my 97-year old mom has dementia and lives in assisted living. We have had quite the journey together with the various stages of dementia – watching the decline, keeping mom from being anxious and trying to have peaceful conversations. It is no wonder, then, that my heart lit up like a Christmas tree when I found out about the Fox Valley Memory Project in Appleton and surrounding communities.
“The 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. Our vision for living well with dementia includes Memory Cafes, a Memory Loss Resource Center, Workplace Enrichment, Long Term Care Outreach, Community Education, a Memory Assessment Center, In-home Coaching and Dementia Research. We are also supporting area businesses and organizations in providing dementia-friendly service.”
Within the Memory Project are Memory Cafes, places where those with dementia can hang out family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
“Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room is proud to be part of the Dementia Awareness Program, a joint effort between local businesses and the Fox Valley Memory Project, led by John and Susan McFadden. While we strive to provide hospitality and support to all guests, we are particularly cognizant of many who are struggling with symptoms associated with dementia, including memory loss and confusion. We are committed to improving quality of life for persons with dementia, as well as their family care partners and friends. Our dementia-aware environment includes a quiet venue, sufficient lighting, and a relaxing atmosphere in addition to patient and respectful employees. We ask for your understanding and your assistance. One way for you to help is by limiting your cell phone use to our outer lobby. Thank you for your patience, your love and your kind consideration.”
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