Brain exercises, mind mapping and talking are key
Alexis Crockett is a born Buckeye, in every sense. A native of Macedonia, Ohio, Crockett’s parents met at Ohio State, two of her aunts attended the university, and the family loved taking in college football Saturdays in Columbus. So when it came time for Crockett to select a university, the decision couldn’t have been easier. “I actually only applied to Ohio State,” she explained. “Even going into high school, that was the only school on my radar. I just grew up in a Buckeye family. We watched football on Saturday and basketball in the spring. It was always my plan
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and a new case emerges in this country at a rate of nearly once per minute. The upsurge in this illness has sparked a desire to fight back — especially among those who have lost loved ones affected by the disease and want to find a cure. One of those people is Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers, who watched his father struggle with Alzheimer’s during the final years of his life. He didn’t have to go far to find a valuable ally in the fight against this terrible affliction.
At Northwestern University, a unique spin on the Buddy System is pairing first-year medical students with people who suffer from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), part of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, created The Buddy Program in 1998 to allow students the opportunity to create a new relationship with Alzheimer’s sufferers outside of a clinical setting. The students are not charged with caring for the patients. They are given the assignment of making a new friend and getting a sense of what Alzheimer’s sufferers are going