I'll admit it: I love a good to-do list. When I've got a lot on my plate, or even when I don't, there's something so satisfying about crossing things off as I go.
The 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.
Hey blog readers! Jenn here from the AARP Communications team - sharing the story of one of our volunteers Zig Sokolnicki. He gave the commencement speech this past weekend in Chicago to a group of students at Wilbur Wright College. Eleven Gerontology students completed the Basic Gerontology Certification. As Zig's speech proves - you're always young enough to learn something new!
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