Greendale Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly Community

Greendale Accepted to Nationwide Network of Dementia Friendly Communities! 
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.

DFA announcement

In an effort to keep everyone who is interested in this undertaking informed, we will be developing a Dementia Newsletter which we hope to publish monthly with timely, important and interesting information.  The e-list is open to everyone.   Please add your name and email address to our growing email list at, or, if you do not use email, call the health department at (414) 423-2110 to share your address and have the newsletter mailed to you. 

Click HERE to sign up for the dementia newsletter 
Click HERE to read the first edition (April 2021) of the newsletter
Click HERE to read the May 2021 newsletter
Click HERE to read the June 2021 newsletter
Click HERE to read the July 2021 newsletter
Click HERE to read the August 2021 newsletter
Click HERE to read the September 2021 newsletter 


Click HERE to access the Greendale Dementia Resource Guide

2021 Events:

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.

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Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Division on Aging Savvy Caregiver Class
(6-week online program)
September 2 through October 7, Thursdays 1-3 pm
The Savvy Caregivers program helps family caregivers acquire and strengthen knowledge, skills, and attitudes to empower them to be more intenional, strategic, and responsive in their care role. Gain knowledge to manage daily care, skills to adjust your approach and confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals. 
To learn more and register, call 414-289-6259 or email

Save the Date For November 16th 2021
You are invited to a special presentation during National Family Caregivers Month:
Person-Centered Care for
Families presented by Beth Meyer-Arnold, RN, MS, nurse, author, nationally-known consultant, coach, and mentor
When: Tuesday, 11/16 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Historic Hose Tower in Greendale (5699 Parking St.)
This interactive presentation will provide information about mild cognitive impairment and early dementia, ideas for things you can do, practical ideas for managing the changes ahead, and suggestions for staying in control of your life as cognitive impairment becomes a part of it. This educational opportunity is free but registration is required. Email or call the Greendale Health Department: 414-423-2110 |

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Dementia Care Specialist Program Webinars:
January 13: Social Isolation
February 10: Intimacy and Relationship Change
March 10: Incontinence Management 
April 14: Care Transitions
May 12: Building a Support Network
June 9: Safety Planning
July 14: Driving
August 11: Grief
Septemer 8: Palliative Care
October 13: Family Conflict and Changes in Social Support
November 10: Non-Pharmacological Approaches: Part 1
December 8: Non-Pharmacological Approaches: Part 2
Register for an upcoming webinar or watch a recording of any you missed here: Dementia Care Specialist Program | Wisconsin Department of Health Services

 Access the Health Department Event Calendar HERE for upcoming opportunities



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:

For more information on Dementia Friendly Communities:

music memory

Music and Memory Program provides free, personalized music for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other dementias.  Health Department staff meet with an individual and their family about the type of music the individual enjoys listening to.  Once selected, staff then load the music onto a device and share the device with the individual to use at home.  Contact the Greendale Health Department at 414-423-2110 if interested in learning more about this program.

The group was formed as part of the Greendale Health Department Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  We welcome your input and suggestions-please send to or call 414-423-2110.

 The Milwaukee County Department of Aging has resources to assist in successful aging ,

 Love Thy Neighbor Foundation also has a great list of resources available on their website: 

Click the link below to view the National Council on Aging - "6 Steps to Prevent a Fall" video

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virtual memory screen
caregiver support group


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


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