PBHA's Harvard College Alzheimer's Buddies Program

Purpose Statement

Alzheimer\x{ef}\x{bf}\x{bd}s Buddies is a response to the profound isolation and social disengagement experienced by people in the intermediate-to-late-stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It pairs local students with Alzheimer's buddies so that they might form meaningful relationships over the course of a semester or longer. Our initiative encourages students to take the mindset of a friend rather than of a care provider, to learn about their patients' past and passions, to establish real friendships. This interaction not only provides patients with a unique outlet, but also provides students with a formative experience and formal training on this devastating disease.

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