Shorewood Connects

Purpose

Shorewood Connects is a Village-sponsored project developed to enhance the ability of older residents to remain in and contribute to the life of the Village.

Finding ways to make Shorewood more “age-friendly” and promoting neighborliness within neighborhoods are at the core of this project. 

Shorewood Connects brings together residents young and old, the School District, the Village, and local businesses and organizations in an effort to develop initiatives and connections that will lead to a better community for all generations.

Shorewood Connects
Tom Barber with Volunteers

Congratulations 2020 Good Neighbor Honor Roll recipients!

Shorewood residents have experienced many challenges this year including illness, isolation, grief, an election during a pandemic, flooding, home schooling, job loss, and more. At the same time, neighbors are stepping up in large numbers to support each other. Instead of selecting just one neighbor or neighborhood to honor, we want to celebrate all our Shorewood heroes and helpers. Some neighbors have done something big, like organizing a march, while others do smaller, quieter acts of kindness like bringing a meal, picking up groceries, helping with yard work, or reaching out with a song or caring note. Thanks to everyone who nominated someone to be honored and thanks to the many, many other amazing neighbors not on the list. 

View the 2020 list of honorees here: /DocumentCenter/View/8351

Village of Shorewood Becomes First Age-Friendly Community in Wisconsin

A Project Facilitator coordinates volunteer work groups (Dementia Awareness and Education; Neighborhood of the Year; Fall and Spring Yard Clean-Ups/Intergenerational Projects) to plan and carry out tasks while the work of Shorewood Connects is overseen by the Village of Shorewood’s Elder Services Advisory Board.

Since its inception in 2008, a few of Shorewood Connects’ accomplishments include:

  • The popular Fall and Spring Yard Clean-Up Days for older adult households, connecting volunteers of all ages with older and those with disabilities
  • The creation of the “Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year” and "Shorewood Neighbor of the Year" annual recognition awards 
  • A focus on developing more opportunities for intergenerational interaction in the community (resulting in 2014 designation by Generations United as being one of the four "Best Intergenerational Communities" in the country)
  • Reducing the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and linking caregivers and people with dementia with resources, education and support via the Shorewood Dementia Awareness Work Group
  • Offering social engagement via the Shorewood Memory Cafe at Three Lions Pub in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of SE Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, as a monthly drop-in program for people with memory loss and their caregivers
  • Completing a five year Age-Friendly Plan for the Village as part of our role as the first community in Wisconsin to become part of AARP's Age-Friendly Communities Network

If you are interested in participating in any of the work groups or if you would like more information about Shorewood Connects,email Project Facilitator Vashti Lozier or call 414.378-6073.


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Shorewood Admitted into the Dementia Friendly Network of Communities

Exciting news! The Village was accepted into the Dementia Friendly America Network of Communities in June 2020. This is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Shorewood was accepted because of its "long-standing history, partnerships and activities". We're excited to become part of this network in order to learn more about what other communities around the country are doing for people living with dementia.

In 2014, Shorewood Connects initiated a "Dementia Awareness Work Group" as part of its efforts to become an age-friendly community. The Work Group (with broad representation from sectors of the community including the Senior Resource Center, North Shore Health Department, Library, School District's Department of Recreation and Community Services, Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Eastside Senior Services, caregivers, social service professionals, and other community volunteers) has focused on promoting awareness of dementia and its prevalence; educating the community on topics related to dementia through a fall educational series; and linking caregivers with available resources. In addition, the Work Group began offering a monthly Memory Café at Three Lions Pub in 2015 and a monthly Coffee & Conversations for Caregivers support group in 2017 after identifying the need for additional socialization opportunities and support for caregivers. Both of these efforts are led by groups of dedicated volunteers. Shorewood’s Dementia Awareness Group also conducts outreach for local congregations, banks, and organizations serving older customers.

Look for our ongoing educational offerings, which will include sessions in the fall of 2020 on "Caregiving in the age of COVID-19" and "Proven ways to a healthier brain". The Work Group remains committed to ensuring that Shorewood’s older adults, including those living with dementia, have the opportunity to remain in and contribute to the life of the community.

For more information about the Coffee & Conversations for Caregivers support group, the Memory Cafe, or the Dementia Awareness Work Group, contact Shorewood Senior Resource Center Coordinator Elizabeth Price 414.847.2727 or src@villageofshorewood.org or Shorewood Connects Coordinator Vashti Lozier at shorewoodconnects@gmail.com

Shorewood Age-Friendly Plan 2019 - 2023

Shorewood Memory Cafe

The Memory Cafe is a safe and fun social opportunity for those living with memory loss as well as their families and caregivers. Typically, this group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Three Lions Pub, 4515 N Oakland Avenue, Shorewood, WI. First time attendees please register by calling 414.847-2727 or email src@villageofshorewood.org.

Note: We’re now ready to offer our new format Memory Café – a Memory “Car-Fe”! We’ll begin on the third Thursday of September (the 17th), followed by “Car-Fes” on October 15 and November 19. Our “Car-Fes” are designed as ‘drive-through'’ events. 

Each of these “Car-Fes” will be held from 2:30-3:00 in the circle drive at Hubbard Park. During this half-hour you are asked to mask up, roll down your passenger-side window and drive through a series of volunteer stations around the circle. You will stay in your vehicle and stay masked for this half-hour. All volunteers will also be masked. At each stop we ask that you put your vehicle in ‘park’. All these precautions are for everyone’s safety. They are required for all our “Car-Fes”. 

Please register for our Drive-Through Memory "car-fes" by calling 414.847-2727 or email src@villageofshorewood.org.

Miss Chris with crew at yard cleanup day

Shorewood Connects Yard Clean Up Day

Twice a year in spring and fall teams of community volunteers help their older or disabled neighbors get their yards ready for summer and winter. If you or a neighbor could use some help with raking or other small outdoor tasks on that day, call the Senior Resource Center at 414-847-2727 or email src@vilageofshorewood.org or to volunteer to rake and help and older neighbor contact Vashti Lozier at shorewoodconnects@gmail.com


Moore with Shorewood Residents
Memory Cafe