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Teaching Alzheimer’s to New Doctors

See how a pioneer 'buddy' program at Northwestern University pairs medical students with Alzheimer's patients. Watch now. (Video)

See how a pioneer ‘buddy’ program at Northwestern University pairs medical students with Alzheimer’s patients. Watch a doctor-to-be gain unique perspective from his ‘buddy’ with Alzheimer’s. See how the ‘buddies’ stay socially engaged and active.

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March 11, 2014 11:09 pm

I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 54. I was working as a Marketing Specialist and began struggling with familiar tasks. I became a patient at Northwestern and joined a support group. I joined the "buddy" program and was so thankful for this program. My buddy was a Medical student and she became my friend and part of my family. I am sure that without that support I would not have adjusted to this diagnosis without the group and my "buddy"! I have remained active in the Alzheimer's Association. They are there for you in many ways…..including an excellent website!

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March 13, 2014 3:07 am

Thank you for sharing your story Pati Hoffman. I am trying to learn more about dementia and Alzheimer's in order to help my mom right now, but your comments inspire me to not be more courageous and not so afraid in the future years ahead of me. God Bless you Pati for your inspiration and your posting to help us all.

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March 13, 2014 3:08 am

Sorry, I meant "be more courageous, and not so afraid" XO

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