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Harvard Alzheimer's Symposium
Get ready! The Harvard College Alzheimer's Buddies will be hosting the inaugural Harvard Alzheimer's Symposium
on a date TBD in the Fall! Hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts moderated by Meredith Vieira
of Millionaire and The View to learn about current research, policy challenges, new care giving practices
and much more!
Intrigued? Check out our Eventbrite to grab your free
ticket today and find out more! Also, check out our promo video featuring Larry King!
Who We Are
Undergraduates responding to the profound isolation and
social disengagement experienced by people in the intermediate-to-late-stages
of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We build meaningful emotional connections with dementia patients weekly
one-on-one visits. We focus on what is still present in our buddies and improving the life that they have despite limitations.
Why We Volunteer
For Our Buddies
Our committed volunteers build friendships through their regular visits
and a trust that can inspire hope.We arrive with energy, a loving smile, and a caring touch,
wanting to really know our buddies.
College students and dementia patients are not that different- they and their families are both
undergoing major transitions in their lives during which they must reassess priorities and cope with new challenges.
With dementia, the transitions can be devastating. Together we work to find the courage to face these challenges.
For the Staff
We help to relax and engage our buddies, leading them to be more cooperative with the support staff.
Our visits provide a relief for nursing staff so that they can focus on their care-giving duties.
Where We Go
Although we are looking to expand to other facilities, we currently visit residents at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston, MA. The facility's staff members strive to
meet the needs of every resident while engaging them in fulfilling activities. The staff have been
wonderfully supportive of our effort.
What We Do Outside of Visits
Sometimes visiting with dementia victims can be difficult. We support our volunteers with an
extensive training program with the help of healthcare professionals. This training is
aimed at both improving their weekly visits and overall understanding
of how families work to cope with Alzheimer's. We view this education as essential, not only
because it is likely that our volunteers will encounter someone with dementia during their lives, but
also because they need to be able to connect to their buddies' loved ones.