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Purple Angels Choir The new Marshfield Senior Community Chorus Doug Seubert Benedictine University MPH-694 D3A6 Grant Writing for Public Health March 4, 2016

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Funder Marshfield Area Community Foundation Senior Citizen Grant Purpose: discretionary grants to address the needs of the Marshfield area senior population Average Grant Amount: $1,000

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Topic The Purple Angels Choir is the new senior chorus for the Marshfield community Returns a needed social and creative program for seniors back to the community Serves as a unique opportunity to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

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Need Former senior chorus program lacks volunteers to lead and sustain the program Need for more social and creative programs Strong interest in music-related activities Need for awareness and education regarding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

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Need One in nine (11%) of people 65 years of age or older has Alzheimer’s disease; 5.6 million in U.S. (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015) 150,000 in Wisconsin More than 1,000 in the greater Marshfield area Expected to more than double in the next 30 years (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015)

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Need 50% of those with dementia are currently undiagnosed (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015) Negative attitudes, stigma, and embarrassment are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia Need to raise awareness about signs and symptoms Need to change attitudes and correct myths about dementia

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Goals and Objectives Goal 1: Increase the number of social programs and meaningful activities for seniors living in the Marshfield community. Objective 1.1: Establish a new “senior chorus” program for the community within 60 days of receiving funding from the Marshfield Community Foundation. Objective 1.2: Register and maintain a minimum of 30 active participants within the first year. Objective 1.3: Schedule and hold a weekly one-hour practice session at the Marshfield Community Senior Center starting within 60 days of receiving funding from the Marshfield Community Foundation. Objective 1.4: Schedule and complete 8 public performances within the community during the first project year.

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Goals and Objectives Goal 2: Raise awareness regarding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia within the community. Objective 2.1: Develop and incorporate into each weekly practice session a brief “learning moment” or discussion with senior chorus participants on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory loss, and healthy aging. Objective 2.2: Develop and incorporate into each public performance a brief presentation on Alzheimer’s and dementia, using appropriate music and lyrics paired with visual graphics including photos/images, relevant statistical data, and person vignettes.

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Goals and Objectives Goal 3: Improve general knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and increase positive attitudes and perceptions of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among program participants. Objective 3.1: Using the Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale (Carpenter ,Balsis, Otilingam, Hanson, & Gatz, 2009) and the Dementia Attitudes Scale (O'Connor & McFadden, 2010), conduct a survey of senior chorus participants at the beginning of the project year, and again after 12 months, comparing the pre-survey results with the post-survey results.

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Eligibility Marshfield Area Purple Angels Incorporated as non-stock corporation Tax exempt status under 501c3 of the IRS tax code Registered as a charitable organization with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Board of Directors Volunteers

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Suitability Doug Seubert Executive Director Professional musician Experienced choral director Music and activity specialist

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Suitability Doug Seubert Certified Dementia Practitioner Marshfield Area Purple Angels “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.”

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References Alzheimer’s Association. (2015). 2015 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Retrieved from Carpenter, B, Balsis, S., Otilingam, P. , Hanson, P., & Gatz, M. (2009). The Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge Scale: development and psychometric properties. Gerontologist, 49(2):236-47. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnp023 O’Connor, M. L., & McFadden, S. H. (2010). Development and psychometric validation of the Dementia Attitudes Scale. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. doi:10.4061/2010/454218

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