The key to lasting mental strength may be in the company you keep.
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