Waukesha County

Welcome to our Healthy Brain Initiatives webpage, where we embark on a journey towards fostering vibrant minds and resilient communities. 

We're excited to be special guests on the Taco 'Bout Wellness Podcast, discussing Healthy Brain Initiatives and promoting brain health equity.

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May 2024  - Strategies for Keeping Your Brain Healthy |  Published  

June 2024 - Normal Aging Vs. Dementia   |  Published  

July 2024  - The Brain Body Connection, Affects of Physical Activity on the Brain | Published 

August 2024  - Memory Screenings & Next Steps  

September 2024 - Cognitive & Chronic Health with Virgina Zerpa   

October 2024  - Waukesha County Dementia Care Resources    

November 2024 - The Latest Research in Brain Health with Virginia Zerpa 

December 2024 - Caring for Aging Parents and Caregiving


What is Mild Cognitive impairment?

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) means that someone has memory and thinking problems that are noticeable but don't stop them from doing everyday activities. By age 45, there is a 1 in 10 chance of getting MCI, which could lead to dementia.

MCI can happen for different reasons. Some people with MCI might later get dementia, while others won't. For diseases like Alzheimer's, MCI can be an early stage if certain brain changes are present.

Sometimes, MCI can go back to normal thinking or stay the same. MCI can also be wrongly diagnosed, like when a medication is the cause. It's important for people with memory and thinking problems to see a doctor quickly for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) | Symptoms & Treatments | alz.org

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. If you or a family member is experiencing dimentia and looking for local support or resources, please visit our ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center).

Controlling Risk Factors

Research shows that up to 40% of dementia cases can be prevented by changing certain habits. Here are some key steps to lower the risk:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Keep your heart healthy by controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Keep your mind active.
  • Stay socially engaged.
  • Manage diabetes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get enough sleep.


Links to Resources

Healthy Brain Initiative

10 Healthy Habits for Your Brain | Alzheimer's Association

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's (cdc.gov)

Dementia Risk Reduction | CDC

Resources for Caregivers

Waukesha County ADRC

Caregiving - Alzheimer's & Dementia | Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s caregiving | National Institute on Aging (nih.gov)


Brain Health- Elm Grove Public Library

Elm Grove Library- 13600 Juneau Boulevard, El Grove, WI 53122
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Brain Health- Muskego Public Library

Muskego Library- S73W16663 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI 53150
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Laughter and Health- New Berlin Public Library

New Berlin Library- 15105 Library Ln, New Berlin, WI 53151
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Laughter and Health- Oconomowoc Public Library

Oconomowoc Library- 200 W South St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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Laughter and Health- Oconomowoc Public Library

Oconomowoc Library- 200 W South St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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Public Health Services

Contact Us

Dept. of Health and Human Services
Address: 514 Riverview Avenue
Waukesha WI, 53188
Phone: (262) 896-8430
Fax: (262) 970-6670
TollFree: 1-800-540-3620
Email: [email protected]

The Public Health Immunization Clinic is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (262) 896-8430. 

The Nurse Call Center is available by phone:
Monday-Friday. (8 AM – 4:30 PM)

WIC Clinic is open for services by appointment only. For more information call 262-896-8440. Enter thorugh the Public Health main entrance.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (8:15 AM - 4 PM)
Tuesdays (10:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.


The Public Health Division will be closed to the public for the following observed holidays in 2024:

  • New Year’s Eve (Dec 31ST - Sunday)

  • New Year’s Day (Jan 1st - Monday)

  • (2023 - 2024) will be observed Monday, January 1, 2024, and Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  (New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday)

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day will be observed Monday, January 15, 2024. 

  • Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 27, 2024.

  • Independence Day will be observed Thursday, July 4, 2024.

  • Labor Day will be observed Monday, September 2, 2024.

  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving will be observed Thursday, November 28, 2024, and Friday, November 29, 2024. 

  • Christmas Eve (Dec 24th) and Christmas Day (Dec 25th) will be observed Tuesday, December 24, 2024, and Wednesday, December 25, 2024.

  • New Year’s Eve (Dec 31ST) and New Year’s Day (Jan 1st) (2024 – 2025) will be observed Tuesday, December 31, 2024, and Wednesday, January 1, 2025.

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