The primary service is a peaceful and serene social daycare program for the participants and their caregivers every weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MARCC is located in the Friendship Room in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield, Wisconsin. While the participants are attending MARCC, their caregivers have personal time to keep appointments, shop, go out to lunch, spend time with friends, or get some rest. Information and referral services are provided for families about other services and resources. MARCC hosts two support groups on-site. The Parkinson’s support group meets during the afternoon of the third Thursday of every month. The Alzheimer’s support group meets during the evening of the last Thursday of every month.

A daily charge is made for daycare services. Special funding and scholarships are available for those who find paying for the services a financial burden. Evaluation and assessment are also available through the services of the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

The program is funded through daily charges, United Way funding, donations, memorials, and gifts. The funds raised by the Garden Tour are used to provide scholarship funds for the individuals unable to pay. No individual is denied participation because of need for funding.

Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5.2 million individuals in the United States, over 2000 in Wood County alone. Parkinson’s disease affects both men and women in almost equal numbers. In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1.5 million Americans who currently have Parkinson’s disease. Many of these diseases affect families for a long period of time and families are committed to keeping their loved ones home as long as possible. MARCC’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for the families through some free time of caregiving and to offer socializing opportunities for the participants in a safe and welcoming environment.

Staffing the program are Director Marilyn Seidl-Kramer, Program Assistants Sue Jansen, Joe Zellner, and Jackie Burrill, and a faithful group of volunteers. Marilyn has been the director since 1995 and has a bachelor’s degree in social work and geriatrics. (Marilyn is also the Elder Abuse in Later Life Specialist at the Personal Development Center.) A high ratio of staff and volunteers is maintained to ensure close attention for each participant. All meals and snacks are eaten together in a family setting.

If you are interested in learning more about the services or volunteer opportunities, we invite you to stop in and visit. Our families find that MARCC is a happy, relaxed environment that includes a lot of laughter, acceptance, and love. For more information, call 715-384-8478.