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Dementia Friendly Community Coalition

Working to Make Brown County "Dementia Friendly"

Building a dementia friendly community takes time, dedication, and the commitment of every person, business, and organization. What is a dementia friendly community? It is a place where individuals with dementia:
  • Are able to live good lives
  • Have the ability to live as independently as possible
  • Continue to be part of their communities.
  • Are met with understanding
  • Are given support where necessary

The Brown County Dementia Coalition is bringing together professionals, businesses, and residents with dementia to ensure the community looks just like that. Take a look at the great work being done right here in Brown County!

Transforming Aging, Transforming Community, Venerating All

Develop cooperative partnerships which raise awareness, educate, and engage all to create a dementia friendly community that enhances quality of life for everyone.

Be a part of the change!

Purple Angel Initiative

People with dementia describe dementia-friendly communities as places where they can safely find their way around, access local places they know, and maintain their social networks, so they feel like they belong in the community.

A growing number of businesses and public institutions (restaurants, grocery stores, banks, shops, libraries) are training their employees to offer hospitality and support to people experiencing memory loss, confusion, or other symptoms associated with dementia. These places are identified by the Purple Angel decal displayed in their windows. People with dementia & their caregivers can be confident they will be welcomed warmly and receive extra assistance as they need it.

Dementia-friendly businesses can:
  • Recognize signs of dementia
  • Communicate effectively
  • Know how to locate resources and more assistance for themselves & for community members with dementia
  • Help their employees, who may be caregivers of someone with dementia or in the beginning stages of dementia themselves
Learn more!
  • All businesses and organizations play a role in making the community dementia-friendly
  • Discover how a simple training can make a difference for your neighbors
  • Contact ADRC of Brown County (920-448-4300)

Brown County Purple Angel Trained Businesses & Organizations
Click on this Google map to discover which businesses & organizations are Purple Angel trained in Brown County.
Click on a specific pin to see the business/organization's name, contact information, and website link.

Associated Bank
  • East De Pere Branch (206 N. Wisconsin St., De Pere)
  • Main Street Branch (2241 Main St., Green Bay)
  • N. Adams Branch (200 N. Adams St., Green Bay)
  • S. Oneida Branch (2403 S. Oneida St., Green Bay)
  • W. Mason Branch (1482 W. Mason St., Green Bay)
  • Webster Avenue Branch (2001 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay)
  • Howard Branch (369 Cardinal Ln., Green Bay)
  • University Avenue Branch (2262 University Ave., Green Bay)
Denmark State Bank
  • 103 Main St., Denmark
  • 2450 Velp Ave., Suite 101, Green Bay
  • 1740 Scheuring Rd., De Pere
  • 2646 Noel Dr., Green Bay
Brown County Departments
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve
2024 Lakeview Dr., Suamico

Brown County Health & Human Services- Public Health Division
610 S. Broadway, Room 210, Green Bay

Brown County Library
  • Ashwaubenon Branch (1060 Orlando Ln., Green Bay)
  • Central Branch (515 Pine St., Green Bay)
  • Denmark Branch (Denmark High School- 450 N. Wall, Denmark)
  • East Branch (2255 Main St., Green Bay)
  • Kress Family Branch (333 N. Broadway, De Pere)
  • Pulaski Branch (222 W. Pulaski St., Pulaski)
  • Southwest Branch (974 Ninth St., Green Bay)
  • Weyers-Hilliard Branch (2680 Riverview Dr., Green Bay)
  • Wrightstown Branch (615 Main St., Wrightstown)
Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Place, Green Bay

Faith Chapel

800 Meadow Ct., Green Bay

First United Presbyterian Church of De Pere
605 N. Webster Ave., De Pere

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
435 Wisconsin Ave., Denmark

Green Bay Botanical Gardens

2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay

Green Bay Children's Museum
301 N. Washington St., Green Bay

Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Place, Green Bay

  • Broadview Location (380 Broadview Dr., Green Bay)
  • East Side Location (1740 S. Huron Rd., Green Bay)
  • Ferguson Family Location (235 N. Jefferson St., Green Bay)
  • West Side Location (601 Cardinal Ln., Green Bay)
Funeral Homes
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 E. Mason St., Green Bay

Grocery Stores
Festival Foods
2430 University Ave., Green Bay

Hair Salons
Salon Forte
2017 Central Ct. #C, Green Bay

K Sera Salon

118 N. Broadway, De Pere

Resource Centers

ADRC of Brown County
300 S. Adams St., Green Bay

Department of Health Services Regional Office
200 N. Jefferson St., Green Bay

Howe Community Resource Center
526 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay

Options for Independent Living
555 Country Club Rd., Green Bay

Allouez Cafe

2020 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay

Enchanted Florist

1681 Lime Kiln Rd., Green Bay

Wild Birds Unlimited
2285 S. Oneida St., Green Bay

Green Bay Metro

901 University Ave., Green BAy

These local businesses just recently completed Purple Angel training!

Proko Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E Mason Street, Green Bay
Proko Wall Staff Purple Angel Trained

Salon Forte, 2071 Central Ct., # C, Green Bay
Salong Forte Purple Angel Trained

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Purple Angel Dementia Training for Associated Bank

Purple Angel Dementia Training Associated Bank Refresher

Denmark State Bank- De Pere Branch (below)
1740 Scheuring Rd., De Pere

Denmark State Bank- Green Bay Branch
2646 Noel Dr., Green Bay

Department of Health & Human Services Regional Office
200 N. Jefferson St., Green Bay

Green Bay Metro
901 University Ave., Green Bay

Purple Angel training is made possible by these community sponsors:
  • AseraCare Foundation
  • Green Bay Blue
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Kuehn Printing
  • The Long Term Care Guy- Romeo Raabe
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)

Memory Cafe Initiative

Find laughter, friendship, and engaging activities* at Memory Cafes! They offer a fun, relaxing, and comfortable environment for people with mild memory loss, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment. Spouses, family members, friends, or caregivers are welcome! Come and enjoy the company of others on the same journey. Register for any Memory Cafe with Renee Erickson (920-412-9960).

*All programmed activities are designed to be comforting, yet stimulating, for persons with dementia.

Visit the Brown County Memory Cafe on Facebook!\BrownCountyMemoryCafe

Monthly Memory Cafe Locations

ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center)
300 S. Adams St., Green Bay
Date: 3rd Wednesday
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Denmark Senior Center
141 Highridge Ave., Denmark
Date: 3rd Thursday
Time: 1:00-3:30pm

Green Bay Botanical Gardens
2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay
Date: 2nd Tuesday
Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Kress Family Library
333 N. Broadway, De Pere
Date: 4th Thursday
Time: 1:00-3:00pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2809 Flintville Rd., Suamico
Date: 1st Wednesday
Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Download the Memory Cafe Combined Calendar of Events for a complete list of activities at each location.

Visit to find Memory Cafes outside of Brown County. Search by state & city.

The Brown County Memory Cafe is organized and sponsored by the Brown County Dementia Coalition. Learn more about this coalition's goals & presence in the community on the ADRC webpage on the Brown County Dementia Coalition. Brown County Memory Cafes are always looking for volunteers. Reach out to Renee Erickson to learn more (920-412-9960).

Alzheimer's & Down Syndrome Initiative

Adults with down syndrome can show symptoms that are considered to be part of their down syndrome diagnosis, but are in fact early stage dementia symptoms. These adults are more likely to develop early onset dementia than the general population. In order to make Brown County residents more aware of this link, the Brown County Dementia Coalition is making this a priority initiative in the community! By developing a screening tool for early detection, Alzheimer's disease can be detected earlier, helping to reduce the late-stage diagnoses that are common today. The coalition will also identify struggles in getting diagnosed and being treated. Getting education, support, and resources to individuals, families, caregivers, and the general public will be key. Contact the Dementia Care Specialist at the Brown County ADRC (920-448-4300) for more information.

Find Support
Connect with those just like you. If you are caring for a loved one with Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's disease, come to this support group. Learn from the best of both worlds: professionals from the Dementia Friendly Coalition in Brown County and caregivers, just like you, handling the same situation with their loved ones.

2nd Tuesday of every month

@ ADRC (300 S. Adams St., Green Bay)
Questions? Call ADRC: 920-448-4300.
Download the Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group flyer for more information.

For more information on how to find volunteer opportunities at the ADRC of Brown County, follow this link to the ADRC website page for volunteers.

Are you a professional looking to get connected to all ADRC has to offer in the community? Visit the professional page on the ADRC website.

Forms require Acrobat Reader. Click the button to download the latest version FREE.

  • Building Dementia-Friendly Communities
    Toolkit designed by the Wisconsin Department of Health & Human Services (DHS). Includes information for businesses, organizations, and individuals looking for helpful and respectful ways to include people with dementia as important members of the community.

  • Small Changes Make a Dementia Friendly Community
    Watch this short video based on the perspective of Mary, an elderly woman living with Alzheimer's disease in her community. See how a little time and consideration make a huge impact! Published by the Alzheimer's Society, Great Britain.

  • Brown County Memory Cafe Flyer
    All the information you need to know about the montly Brown County Memory Cafe, a fun & comfortable environment for those with early stage memory loss and their loved ones.
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