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The Healthy Aging Brain

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation held three trainings for the GrapeVine Project’s Faith Community Nurses on the new unit on dementia entitled The Healthy Aging Brain.

Dr. Elizabeth Chapman from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health presented the new unit to 30 nurses at the trainings in Wausau, Madison and Milwaukee.

The unit will educate women on:

  • What is dementia?
  • What are the different types of diseases that cause dementia?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of dementia?
  • What are the risk factors of dementia?
  • What can you do to maintain a healthy brain?
  • Why is diagnosis of dementia important?
  • What resources are available after diagnosis?

changing brain

Dementia is a medical term used to describe a set of symptoms causing a decline in cognitive function severe enough to affect daily living. Symptoms are typically caused by a disease, or condition. Some can be reversed or cured and others cannot. The most common irreversible cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease – as many as one in ten people over the age of 65 suffer from some type of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for up to 60-80% of all cases.


Dementia is a result of physical changes in the brain, and is not a normal part of the aging process. Unlike normal age-related memory changes, dementia gets worse over time.

Nurses who attended the trainings are now able to hold presentations in their own communities. Nurses currently trained on this unit live or work in:  Appleton, Belleville, Burlington, Cottage Grove, Eau Claire, Endeavor, Kenosha, Madison, Menomonie, Merrill, Middleton, Milwaukee, Monroe, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc, Oregon, Osseo, Reedsburg, Shorewood, South Range, St. Germain, Tomahawk, Waupaca, Wausau, West Bend, and Whitefish Bay.

By educating women on dementia and the challenges it presents for the individual as well as the caregiver, we hope to promote healthy lifestyles that may delay the onset and provide skills, tools, and knowledge to help cope with the disease.


To schedule a session, email Nora Miller, Program Manager, or call (800) 448-5148, ext. 103.

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