Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students

March 4, 2014 by Lindsey Tanner

A retired Chicago physician and educator is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine. This time Dr. Dan Winship is the subject.

He's 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Winship is among patients in a buddy program that gives 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 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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