Memory Cafe

Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, and for family and friends of those affected. It’s a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie, and lots of creative fun thrown in! We have a gerontology professional on hand to answer questions and an enormous wealth of experience among participants to be shared. We’d be delighted if you would join us! Call Betty at 225-1711, Fox Valley Memory Project Program Coordinator, or the Neenah Public Library at 886-6315 for more information.

Memory Cafés will be held the third Monday of every month from 1:30-3:30. Note:  If assistance is needed to participate, please bring with you someone to help.


May 19: Kentucky Derby Party: Don your best hat and join us for a Kentucky Derby party. We will learn a little about the history of the Kentucky derby and have competitive horse races. Don't have a hat, come anyway. We will have hats for all. We'll have time for great conversation, door prizes, and refreshments, too.

June 16: Join us for a tribute to American Patriotism. Dress in your red, white & blue and be ready to sing with the collection of patriotic songs facilitated by Christy Feuerstahler, Music Director from Valley VNA Senior Services.

July 21: Put on your dance shoes and enjoy the Polka music of the Jerry Schneider Band!

August 18: Hula your way into an electric luau. It's a shocking tiki party filled with the magic of electricity! We'll have a blast!

September 15: Join us for creative storytelling time!  Through the use of “Timeslips” we will collectively use imagination and improvisation to create original fun stories to share.  Program lead by Carrie Essleman, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with Valley VNA Senior Services

October 20: Once again, we’ll have an ”Old Tyme Radio Time” with Jack the DJ! We’ll have lots of music and much to sing about as we listen to our favorite old artists. We’ll recall old radio shows that we all loved to listen to and of course, there will be some great dancing music so be ready for a great time!

November 17: Celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week
December 15: Lyrics & Laughter

Memory Cafés are a program of the Fox Valley Memory Project and are funded by a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation and other community partners; the Helen Bader Foundation; and the Rotary Club of Appleton.  Memory Cafés hosted at the Neenah Public Library are sponsored by the Fox Valley Memory Project, Valley VNA, and the Neenah Public Library.