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Marshfield organization creates community for people with dementia

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(WAOW)-- Dementia causes immense stress on the person affected and the family members who are acting as caregivers.

As April brings severe weather, adding more uncertainty for those families, One of Newsline Nine's own spoke to a group in Marshfield looking to ease some of that stress.

Memory cafes put on by the Marshfield area Purple Angels start with a song. The songs help people suffer with memory loss or other cognitive abilities to jump-start brain activity by remembering words and rhythms.

The monthly cafe events feature guest speakers. This month's guest was Newsline Nine's Tony Schumacher who visited to talk about severe weather awareness week.

The talk is especially important as people get older. Age coupled with various levels of dementia and memory loss leave experts calling for caution.

“We certainly worry about people who will wander.” Dr. Rick Redding, of the Wausau Aspirus Memory Clinic said. “The risk is they would go outside without appropriate clothing on, lock themselves out of the house, or become lost.”

Tony's experience with weather made him a prime candidate to speak at the event. However, there is a different part of the Purple Angel's story which made him the perfect piece of the puzzle.

“We asked Tony to come because he has a special connection to our family.” Doug Seubert of Marshfield said.

Seubert and his family started the Marshfield chapter of the Purple Angel's after their mother passed away from Alzheimer's in 2014.

“My mom went to school with his dad and my mom always remembered that. So when Tony started to do the weather on Channel 9 a long time ago, she said 'well I went to school with his father' and she always remembered that.”

As dementia progresses, the person affected by it often reverts back to childhood recollections.

The disease isn't easy but the Seuberts have a plan for anyone weathering the dementia downpour.

“We are going to be honest. It's going to stink. You're going to want to walk away from it, you and the person with the disease.” Said Ronda Seubert, Doug's sister.

“We are proof that you can live life beyond the disease. We are punching it in the face right now. Look at what we are doing for all these people. My mom caused all of this.”

Marshfield is one of many cities in Wisconsin which holds a memory cafe. There is also one in Wausau and one in the works in Stevens Point according to the Seuberts.

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