Buddy Program Pairs Alzheimer’s Patients, Students

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.

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