CHICAGO (March 4, 2014) Retired Chicago physician and educator Dr. Dan Winship, 80, is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach medicine, but this time he’s the subject.
He’s in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and he’s among the patients in a buddy program that gives medical students a close-up look at a disease they'll likely see often in their careers.
Alzheimer's affects millions nationwide and the numbers are expected to keep rising.
Northwestern University is among a handful of medical schools that run Alzheimer buddy programs.
Students and patients socialize often and get to know each other during the school year.
Winship is paired with first-year med student Jared Worthington.
He says the best part is just getting to hang out together.