Successful Aging in Greendale for Everyone SAGE
What is SAGE?
SAGE stands for Successful Aging in Greendale for Everyone. It is a group of passionate volunteers supported by the Greendale Health Department to find and implement ways to support seniors and their caregivers in our community.
Mission: SAGE will support innovative ideas to promote healthy and productive lives for Greendale residents especially older adults
Vision: Greendale will be an age-friendly community where everyone can age successfully
Dementia Friendly Greendale
Learn more about the efforts of SAGE's Dementia Friendly Greendale Subcommittee HERE
Access the Health Department Event Calendar HERE for upcoming opportunities
Remembering the Past, Living in the Moment: Innovative Activities for People with Dementia
Tuesday, Sept 21 , 11:30 AM – 1 PM via Zoom Register HERE or call the library (423-2136)
Learn how music, creativity, drama and socialization can make life richer for both the person with dementia and those supporting and caring for the person. This includes family members, friends and professionals.
Our panel of experts join us from the following well-known national and international organizations:
- Music & MemoryTM helps discover meaning and connection through the gift of personalized music.
- TimeSlipsTM invites connections through creativity as bodies and minds change with age.
- Memory Cafes provide a safe, supportive environment where people can meet up and engage in cognitive activities to perk up memory.
All attendees will be included in a drawing for an MP3 player and a TimeSlipsTM Creative Care Imaginations Kit.
Pre-registration is required up to the day of the event.
AARP Friendly Voice
AARP launched “AARP Friendly Voice” as sometimes just hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the line can help in challenging times. AARP Friendly Voices are trained AARP volunteers who will provide a call to say “Hello”. You can click HERE to fill out an online form or call 1-888-281-0145 to request an AARP Friendly Voice phone call. You can also fill this online form on behalf of someone you think would enjoy a call!
This is open to ALL ages and no cost. Feel free to also share this with your friends and family.
Caregiver Stress and Elder Abuse
(Information from the National Institute on Aging)
The mistreatment of older adults can be by family members, strangers, health care providers, caregivers, or friends. Abuse can happen to any older adult, but often affects those who depend on others for help with activities of everyday life. Learn how to recognize some of the signs of elder abuse so you can step in and help. For example, you may notice that the older adult:
- Seems depressed, confused, or withdrawn
- Appears dirty, underfed, or dehydrated
- Has unexplained bruises, burns, cuts, or scars
- Has unpaid bills or recent changes in banking or spending patterns
Learn more about the signs of elder abuse,
how to get help for elder abuse,
how to spot elder abuse as a long-distance caregiver,
and check out the National Institute on Aging's infographic
The Greendale Health Department provides leadership for this multi-year initiative. The SAGE Workgroup, made up of Greendale residents, members of community non-profits, representatives from the Board of Health and area businesses, will be responsible for implementation of the Village of Greendale’s Livable Community Action Plan.
Take a look at the Village of Greendale's Livable Communities Action Plan
Pick up a copy of our rack card (from the Greendale Welcome Center or Health Department) to learn more about SAGE and share with your family and friends!
Village Views SAGE Page
If you are a Greendale Resident a newsletter gets delivered to you every few months called "The Village Views" you may have noticed that some issues have an extra page insert. SAGE creates a page to go in these newsletters a few times a year to share relevant information about aging. Not everyone has access to a computer and this helps spread information to those who don't. Check out previous SAGE pages by clicking the links below!
Note: These resources listed are from past issues of the SAGE Page in the Village Views. For the most current information regarding services and resources for older adults, please contact: Milwaukee County DHHS Division on Aging (414-289-6874) https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Department-on-Aging
Organizations and services will always continue to evolve. As we create new SAGE Pages with pertinent information on services, they can be posted to replace the older ones. This will help keep the website as up to date as possible.
Click HERE to read about medication and talking to your doctor
Click HERE to read about palliative care
Click HERE to read about aging myths
Click HERE to read about how to love your brain
Click HERE to read about senior resources
Click HERE to read about activities and resources while staying safe at home
Click HERE to read about physical activity
Click HERE to read about transportation
*The current volunteer transportation resource is Eras Senior Network, 414-488-6500, http://www.eras.org
If you have an idea for a topic this page could address, call the Greendale Health Department at 414-423-2110.
Congrats Village of Greendale!
AARP awarded the Village of Greendale a highly competitive $7,500 grant! The funding was used to purchase and install benches and directional signage on some of the walking paths. Additionally, an updated walking path map was created and printed. The Greendale Health Department, Department of Public Works, Greendale School District and Girl Scout Troop 8035, led by Aleks Skibicki worked together to accomplish these goals. Older adult focus groups held in 2018 pinpointed the need for the additional benches, directional signage and a new walking path map.
A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has
affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers
supportive community features and services.