Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students
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 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.