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Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia," which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging. Learn more: Common Types of Dementia,What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Find out what how typical age-related memory loss compares to early signs of Alzheimer's and other dementias. 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's 

What is a Dementia-Friendly Community? A dementia-friendly community 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 the understanding.
  • Are given support where necessary. 
For more information on Alzheimer's Disease and local opportunities go to:

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 Information from and Wisconsin Healthy Brain Initiative www.dhs.wisconsin,gov 

                                                                                                                                    Alzheimer support group flyer


Southwestern Milwaukee County Caregiver Groups


3rd Monday

7:00 pm-

9:00 pm

St. Alphonsus Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

St. Alphonsus Parish Ministry Ctr

5960 Loomis Road

Greendale, WI  53129

Wendy Benkowski



Linda Susedik



2nd Thursday

11:00 am-12:00pm

Harbour Village of Greendale Concord Third Floor Movie Room

5900 Mockingbird Lane

Greendale, WI  53129

Stephanie Floyd




3rd Wednesday


3:00 pm

Clement Manor

Rainbow Room

9405 W. Howard Ave

Greenfield, WI  53228

Alice Hatzenbeller


Hales Corners

2nd Thursday

7:00 pm-

8:30 pm

Hales Corners Lutheran School

1230 w. Janesville Rd Rm B19

Hales Corners, WI  53130

Rev. Keith L. Johnson

Joan Richter



All Men’s Group

2nd Thursday

1:00 pm-

2:30 pm

Alzheimer’s Association

620 S. 76th Street Suite 160

Milwaukee, WI  53214

Tim Harringtom



The Gathering Place

3rd Tuesday

10:00 am-11:00 am

Wilson Park Senior Center

2601 W. Howard Ave Room 145

Milwaukee, WI  53221


West Allis

2nd Monday

6:00 pm-

7:30 pm

First United Methodist Church

7530 W. Lapham Street

West Allis, WI  53214

Carolyn Holzman


Valerie Holzman