Dementia Friendly Greendale




DFA announcement

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:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dementia/communities.htm


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What is Dementia
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 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:
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.
Learn more: 
10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's 
Helpful Tools:
10 Warning Signs Worksheet (alz.org)
Communicating with Doctors or Health Care Professionals (alz.org)
 

SAGE Dementia Resource Guide
https://heyzine.com/flip-book/85de913e62.html
SAGE Resource Guide - Copy




2024 Greendale Memory Cafe

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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.
2:30-4:00 PM
At the Historic Hose Tower Building
5699 Parking Street
Greendale

Register by calling the Greendale Public Health Department at 414-423-2110
You do not need to live in Greendale to come to the Greendale Café.

See our Facebook page at Village of  Greendale Memory  Café  Facebook

Click the link below for Memory Café opportunities in other communities. 
MilwaukeeCountyMemoryCafesSPARKPrograms.pdf


Local Support Groups, Meetings, and Opportunities

Southwestern Milwaukee County Caregiver Groups 022024

Dementia Caregiver Support Group Flyer

DementiaCaregiverSupportGroupFlyer.pdf (milwaukee.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

Dementia Newsletter

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  


2022 Dementia Newsletter Archive:
January/February 2022
March/April 2022
May 2022
June/July 2022
August/September 2022
October/November 2022