American Geriatrics Society

The Doctor Will (Really) See You Now: An Alzheimer’s Program

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe Buddy Program, an initiative that pairs medical students with those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s for social activities, not doctoring, is proving therapeutic for both sides. Students learn about dementia outside the classroom so it is demystified and humanized, while people with Alzheimer’s get to act as mentors. The mentors not only have fun, but also feel that they are contributing to future physicians’  understanding of a disease they will inevitably face with their patients. Over the course …