Alzheimer’s patients mentor med students in buddy program

by Jay Kernis and Linda Carroll   -NBC News

Few medical students receive extensive classroom training about Alzheimer’s disease or have much experience with someone diagnosed with the incurable, brain-robbing disease.

With as many as 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s — and that number expected triple by 2050 –  there’s a pressing need for physicians who can recognize it, treat its symptoms, and better communicate with patients and their caregivers. That’s where the Buddy Program comes in.

The program is helping improve medical student knowledge and familiarity with Alzheimer’s, while heightening sensitivity and empathy towards dementia patients, according to recent research.


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