New Friends WAI

New Friends Program

Pairing students with people living with memory changes

New Friends brings together UW–Madison students and people living with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Registration for the 2023-2024 program is open for people living with memory changes, who are called mentors.

Mentor Application

Hybrid meetings

New Friends pairs meets once a month from October to April 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.


Find more details on the program flyer and watch the video below. If you have a question about the New Friends, please email or call Sheryl Spensley at (608) 265-4042.

Watch a quick video to learn more about New Friends

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