Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Greendale United States of America
Greendale has a Greendale Senior Social Club which is coordinated through the Greendale Park and Recreation Deportment and is open to seniors, ages 55 and older, from Greendale and surrounding areas. It is a tax supported entity of the Village of Greendale and Greendale Schools. The Greendale Senior Social Club strives to provide social and recreational activities to seniors. Activities include guest speakers, cards movies, holiday celebrations, games, and blood pressure screenings.
The Greendale Health Department provides several services geared toward older adults, including four monthly blood pressure screening sites, fall prevention programs, and a home visitation program to link up older adults and their families to community resources. Health Department staff are members of the Successful Aging in Greendale for Everyone (SAGE) workgroup. The health department is also part of Greendale’s Community Learning Center, which houses the health department, Park and Recreation Department the Public Library. The three departments regularly collaborate on programs for all ages and supports the concepts of health and wellness for all, lifelong learning and intergenerational programming and support.
Greendale was the first dementia-friendly community in southeast Wisconsin and has since provided support to other communities moving toward this goal. The community has a monthly memory café and a monthly support group for family members caring for older adults with dementia.
The Love Thy Neighbor Foundation of Greendale was formed in 2016. The foundation’s goal is to empower seniors by forging community partnerships and relationships with both profit and not for profit organizations, to connect older adults with resources. The Greendale Health Department and the SAGE workgroup are actively working with the Foundatioa.
The SAGE workgroup is working under the auspices of the Greendale Health Department. SAGE is one of the health department’s community health improvement workgroups created in 2015. SAGE has developed its own strategic plan. Objectives include the following:
· Improve communication and outreach efforts to Greendale residents about relevant topics related to successful aging
· Increase community dialogue on successful aging
· Pursue joining AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities
· Assess the community’s strengths and weaknesses using the World Health Organization’s 8 Domains of Livability