Pairing students with people living with memory impairment
New Friends brings together UW-Madison students and people who are living with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or other dementia.
The pairs meet once or twice a month from October-April to connect informally through meetings such as coffee chats, social events, or even to take a walk together. New Friends helps health professional students gain a personal perspective of life with memory loss and a closer look at the realities faced by family caregivers.
New Friends allows people who are living with memory impairment to express their hopes regarding their health care, and to participate in the training of future health care providers.
The next round of New Friends will begin in the fall of 2020. This program is offered by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute.
If you are a UW-Madison student or a person with memory impairment interested in joining New Friends, please email or call Bonnie Nuttkinson at (608) 265-0407.