Greendale Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly Community

J O I N  U S !
Wednesday, June 22nd - 2:30 to 4PM
The Hose Tower @ 5699 Parking St in Greendale
How Do I Register?
Call the Greendale Health Dept @ 414-423-2110

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Who can come to the Greendale Memory Café?
People who are living with early-stage Alzheimer's
disease or another dementia and their care partners
or family members. You do not need to live in
Greendale to come to the Greendale Café.

Thank you 'Community Convening' participants!
On April 22nd, members and stakeholders of the Greendale community spent the morning together BRAIN-storming on how we can continue to support brain health and prevent cognitive decline (issues with memory, judgement, awareness, and ability to interact with others and our environment).  

-  National Alzheimer's Association
- National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association
- Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Risk Reduction
- Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services- Aging and Disability Resource Center
- Village of Greendale (Health, Trustee)
- Greendale Park and Recreation
- Greendale Schools
- Wisconsin Institute of Healthy Aging (WIHA)
- Southwest YMCA 
- Walgreens Pharmacist
- Physical Therapist
- Yoga Instructor
- Acupuncturist
- Local Church Pastor
-Dementia Care Specialist
- College Student

The Community Convening process helps us identify priorities for the community, collaborate and create partnerships, address the social determinants of health, and come up with strategies to tackle dementia risk factors.  

"What's good for your heart, is good for your brain" and "it is never too early to reduce the risk of mental/cognitive decline".

Interested in joining the efforts? email to learn how you can get involved.

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

Dementia Newsletter 
  Please add your name and email address to our growing email list at, The e-list is open to everyone.

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 access the Greendale Dementia Resource Guide

 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 

Who can come to the Greendale Memory Café?
People who are living with early-stage Alzheimer's
disease or another dementia and their care
partners or family members. You do not need to
live in Greendale to come to the Greendale Café!

June 22nd – Possible,  Emily Brown from Wehr Nature Center SPARKS program to bring her program to our June café – her availability is pending confirmation.


Memory Screen Flyer Greendale HD 2022 PDF

                  Would you like a Memory Screen?                                                                                                                                                                   

Dementia Caregiver Support Group Flyer

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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):
Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support Programs (has virtual support groups for caregivers):
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging has a website with current programs:

Below are some resources for local support groups that were meeting before COVID-19. Many of the groups have changed. Please call each resource for current meeting status. 

St. Alphonsus Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Saint Alphonsus Parish Human Concerns Ministries

St. Alphonsus Parish Ministry Center
5960 Loomis Road, Greendale WI
Wendy Benkowski 414-899-7342

Harbour Village of Greendale
Concord Third Floor Movie Room
5900 Mockingbird Lane  Greendale, WI  
Stephanie Floyd 414-235-9170

Clement Manor
Rainbow Room
9405 W. Howard Ave Greenfield, WI
Alice Hatzenbeller 414-546-7980

Hales Corners Lutheran School
Rm B19
1230 W. Janesville Rd Hales Corners, WI  53130
Rev. Keith L. Johnson  or Joan Richter 414-529-6700

Alzheimer’s Association
Suite 160
620 S. 76th Street Milwaukee, WI
Tim Harringtom  414-479-8800

Wilson Park Senior Center
Room 145
2601 W. Howard Ave Milwaukee, WI 

First United Methodist Church
7530 W. Lapham Street West Allis, WI  
Carolyn Holzman  414-873-3088  or Valerie Holzman 414-543-9843

Dementia Newsletters
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 read the  October 2021 Newsletter 
Click HERE to read the  Nov/Dec 2021 Newsletter 
Click HERE 
to read the January/February 2022 Newsletter
Click HERE to read the March/April 2022 Newsletter 
Click HERE to read the May 2022 Newsletter 
Click HERE to read the June July 2022 Newsletter