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New Friends Program

The New Friends Program is a joint effort WAI, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin that brings together health professional students and individuals with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias to meet one-on-one informally outside the clinical setting. Through shared activities and conversations, New Friends is an opportunity for students to learn from people with these conditions and their families who are willing to share their experiences. It also allows individuals and families to express their concerns and wishes regarding care while contributing to the training of future health care providers.


If you are interested in participating in upcoming New Friends sessions, please contact Heidi Pophal at or 608-262-8826. The next round of New Friends will begin in Fall 2017.


NBC News recently interviewed Darby Morhardt of Northwestern University. New Friends replicates aspects of her Buddy Program. Read more: Article: Alzheimer's Patients Mentor Med Students in Buddy Program

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