Dementia Friendly Greendale
Greendale is a part of the Dementia Friendly America Network
Due to the large senior population in Greendale and the challenges associated with aging, the Successful Aging in Greendale for Everyone workgroup (SAGE) and its Dementia sub-committee have been working hard to identify and implement ways that Greendale can become more age and dementia friendly. The most recent success of this group is the acceptance of Greendale to the Dementia Friendly America network. As a dementia-friendly community, we are committed to work with community partners; engage persons with dementia and their caregivers; and collaborate with other agencies to lead and shape our dementia friendly activities, programs and events.
Dementia Friendly America (dfamerica.org)
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 a part of their communities.
- Are met with understanding.
For more information on Dementia Friendly Communities:
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.
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 and 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 Types | Symptoms, Diagnosis, Causes, & Treatments
Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What Is the Difference?
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
10 Warning Signs Worksheet (alz.org)
Communicating with Doctors or Health Care Professionals (alz.org)
SAGE Dementia Resource Guide
2024 Greendale Memory Cafe
Who can come to the Greendale Memory Café?
Anyone living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or another dementia and their care partners and/or family members. The Memory Café provides an opportunity for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment or early-stage dementia and their care partners to come for an enjoyable social experience, meet others, and engage in interesting activities without fear of feeling out of place or being misunderstood. First time attendees are requested to preregister by calling the Greendale Health Department (414)423-2110.
The Memory Café is held the 4th Wednesday of the month. NO Memory Cafe in November or December.
At the Historic Hose Tower Building
5699 Parking Street
You do not need to live in Greendale to come to the Greendale Café.
Click the link below for Memory Café opportunities in other communities.
Local Support Groups, Meetings, and Opportunities
To register email: DCS@milwaukeecountywi.gov
To register email: DCS@milwaukeecountywi.gov
Virtual Support Groups with the Alzheimer's Association
Caregiver support groups are ongoing meetings for caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementia. These groups provide forum for caregivers or those living with early-stage dementia to share feelings, needs, and concerns in a confidential, safe, supportive, non-threatening and non-judgmental atmosphere. These groups are open to family and friends for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementia.
Persons living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - 2nd Wednesday of the month | 10:00-11:00AM
Aging and Down Syndrome caregivers- 3rd Wednesday of the month | 5:00-6:00PM
Caregiver for persons with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) - 3rd Wednesday of the month | 6:00-7:30PM
Caregiver for person with early-stage dementia- 4th Tuesday of the month | 10:00-11:30AM
Caregiver for person living in a facility- Every other Friday | 10:00-11:30AM
To register or for more information please call the 24/7 helpline 800-272-3900.
Caregiver Group Resource Finder
- This link will provide you with community resource finder for community programs and services.
Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder (for online and in person support groups): https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/
- Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support Programs (has virtual support groups for caregivers): https://wisconsincaregiver.org/virtual-events-for-caregivers#SupportGroups
- The Milwaukee County Department on Aging has a website with current programs: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Department-on-Aging/Dementia
Dementia Care Specialists with the Aging and Disability Resource Center are starting a quarterly Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County E-Newsletter. This newsletter will focus on the dementia friendly efforts happening in Milwaukee County as well as sharing important updates, resources and programs in the dementia and caregiver community.
To sign up to join the Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County E-Newsletter please click on the link below.
Subscribe to the: Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County E-Newsletter
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