New Friends WAI

New Friends Program

Pairing students with people living with memory impairment

New Friends brings together UW–Madison students and people living with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The current season is in progress. Registration for next year’s program will begin August 2023.

Hybrid meetings

New Friends pairs meets once a month from October 2022 to April 2023 to connect informally through in person coffee chats and online social events. 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 express their hopes regarding their health care, and to participate in the training of future health care providers. This program is offered by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute.


If you are a UW-Madison student or a person with memory impairment with a question about the program, please email or call Sheryl Spensley at (608) 265-4042. You can also find more details on the program flyer.

Got a few minutes? Watch a quick video to learn All About New Friends

WI Governor Evers met New Friends members
New Friends student and mentor meet for an activity