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 “senior-friendly” and restoring neighborliness to neighborhoods are at the core of this project. Shorewood Connects brings together residents young and old, the School District, the Village, and local businesses in an effort to develop initiatives and connections that will lead to a better community for all generations.
Village of Shorewood Becomes First Age-Friendly Community in Wisconsin
A Project Facilitator works with four work groups (Dementia Awareness and Education; Senior-Friendly Businesses; Neighborhood of the Year; Fall and Spring Yard Clean-Ups/Intergenerational Projects) to plan and carry out tasks while the work of Shorewood Connects as a whole is overseen by the Village of Shorewood’s Elder Services Advisory Board.
Since its inception in 2008, Shorewood Connects’ accomplishments include:
- The popular Fall and Spring Yard Clean-Up Days for older adult households, connecting volunteers of all ages with their older and disabled neighbors
- The creation of the “Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year” award. Click here to download an application
- A focus on developing more opportunities for intergenerational interaction in the community
- Assistance in the development of the “Home Sweet Home” program to help older adults assess the need for home modifications
- The launch of the “Senior-Friendly Business Certification Program”
- Development of “Cuppa Joe”, a weekly drop-in social gathering at Einstein’s Bagels
More recently, Shorewood Connects has formed a Dementia Awareness and Education Work Group to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and to link caregivers and people with dementia with resources and support. In 2015, the Shorewood Memory Café was developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of SE Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, as a monthly social engagement program for people with memory loss and their caregivers. The Café is hosted each month by Three Lions Pub with free parking provided by Shorewest Realtors. For more information on The Memory Café and other resources for people with memory loss, contact the Shorewood Senior Resource Center 414.847.2727.
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 Sue Kelley or call 414.961.7262.
Shorewood Connects is pleased to announce that the application period for the annual Shorewood NEIGHBORHOOD-of-the-Year competition is now open for 2018. Applications are due no later than Friday, May 11, 2018. Even if you’re not a “super block”, please consider submitting the easy-to-complete, brief application on behalf of your neighborhood. Some lucky block will win - could it be yours?!
Because there are so many examples of neighbors helping neighbors throughout the Village, we are also accepting applications for the Shorewood NEIGHBOR-of- the-Year! Do you know someone who is kind, helpful, and considerate to their neighbors? If so, we would love to hear about him or her. There is a one-page application for nominations (two people are needed to nominate a neighbor) also due on March 16.