Marshfield Area Purple Angels

 

Marshfield Area Purple Angels (MAPA) is a new non-profit organization raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We also provide information and resources regarding home care and family care giving. We support people with dementia and their families through educational and community-based projects and programs.

Our "official" mission...
To provide education and raise awareness regarding Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, home care, and end of life issues, and to support individuals with dementia and their families through educational, individual, and community-based projects and programs.

We are a different kind of non-profit organization...
Marshfield Area Purple Angels, Inc. operates with an entirely volunteer staff and board of directors. We are also committed to providing all of our programs and services at no charge to anyone who may benefit from them. In other words, no one pays any money to participate in our programs and services, and no one in our organization is paid to provide these programs and services. We can honestly say that 100% of the donations we receive are used to provide programs and services benefiting the Marshfield area. We define the Marshfield area as a 30 mile radius around the City of Marshfield. 

Programs and Services

Marshfield Area Purple Angels is proud to provide the following programs and services as part of a dementia friendly community:

Memory Cafe
The Memory Cafe is a free social event where people with memory loss and those who care about them come together in a safe and engaging environment. Each memory cafe gathering includes interesting and fun activities, food, music, and information about resources available in the community. Click here for more information about the Purple Angel Memory Cafe.

Sing Along with Margaret
“Sing Along with Margaret” is a special project that brings meaningful music to people with Alzheimer’s disease and advanced dementia. Doug Seubert, a music and activity specialist, facilitates both group and individual musical interventions in local care facilities as well as in private homes. He also produced a CD and downloadable mp3 files of well-known sing-a-long favorites. Click here for more information about "Sing Along with Margaret" and other music therapy programs.

Purple Angel Campaign
The purpose of the Purple Angel Campaign is to raise awareness about dementia and to provide training for businesses, service providers, and community organizations on how to not only recognize the signs of dementia, but to improve services for people with dementia and their caregivers. Businesses and organizations who are interested in being designated as dementia-friendly sign a pledge, participate in a free 30-minute training session, and agree to partner with us to make Marshfield a dementia-friendly community. Click here for more information about the Purple Angel Campaign and to sign up for dementia-friendly business training.

Dementia-Friendly Marshfield
A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is promoting this initiative as part of the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign. Marshfield Area Purple Angels has committed to lead this initiative in Marshfield. Click here to learn more about Dementia-Friendly Marshfield and how you can get involved.

More Programs and Services
Marshfield Area Purple angels offers other programs and services for individuals and families touched by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Click here to go to our main website and read more about the programs and services we offer.

Contact us for more information!

If you are interested in getting more information about our efforts to make Marshfield the next dementia friendly community in Wisconsin, just complete this form. Be sure to send your contact information so we can get back to you.

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"Marshfield Area Purple Angels was formed in honor of Ron and Marge Seubert. Marge passed away from Alzheimer's disease in December 2014. She is our purple angel and she is dearly missed by her family and friends. It is our hope - as well as our privilege - to share our experiences and expertise with other families who are caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia." (Doug Seubert, executive director and founder of Marshfield Area Purple Angels)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who are the Marshfield Area Purple Angels?
Marshfield Area Purple Angels is a new non-profit organization raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. We provide free services and support to people who have dementia and to those who care for them. We also offer free caregiving classes, workshops, and support groups for family caregivers, and we provide education programs for the community.

The children of Ronald and Margaret Seubert formed this new non-profit organization in their honor, and in special memory of Margaret who recently passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. In March 2015 we filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of Wisconsin, in July we received official designation as a tax-exempt organization under IRS code 501c3, and in August we became certified as a charitable organization in the State of Wisconsin. We have an established board of directors, an all-volunteer staff, a modest budget, and we began programming in the Marshfield area in September 2015.


What does the Purple Angel symbol stand for?
The purple angel is the global symbol for dementia awareness. It was designed by Norman McNamara (diagnosed with early onset dementia) and Jane Moore, both from the UK. Together they developed the Purple Angel Dementia Campaign that is now a global initiative. Purple Angel upholds the principle that people with dementia have an absolute right to enjoy a good quality of life and continued involvement in their local communities.


What is the Purple Angel Campaign?
The goal is to address negative attitudes and ultimately reverse them by raising awareness and understanding of the impact the disease has on individuals and their families. One way this is done is by providing training for businesses, service providers, and community organizations on how to not only recognize the signs of dementia, but how to improve services for people with dementia, their families, and their caregivers.


What does it mean to be a dementia-friendly business?
A dementia-friendly business has trained staff who are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dementia, who can effectively communicate with individuals who have dementia, and who are able to locate resources and assistance for themselves and for individuals with dementia.

Businesses and organizations who are interested in being designated as dementia-friendly sign a pledge, participate in a free 30-minute training session, and agree to partner with Marshfield Area Purple Angels to help make Marshfield a dementia-friendly community.


What is a dementia-friendly community?
A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is promoting this initiative as part of the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign. Marshfield Area Purple Angels has committed to lead this initiative in Marshfield.


Where can I get more information?

Contact Doug Seubert, executive director and founder of Marshfield Area Purple Angels:

Phone: 715-383-0897

Email: doug@marshfieldpurpleangels.org