Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    March 5, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    I wonder if this kind of a partnership could be developed between others with psychoemotional problems and "normal" people. Could students be "assigned" to assist or mentor or look out for the interests of students with autism and other social or learning problems? It might be a great learning experience for the "helper" and a great help to people who have difficulty helping themselves.

  • across the sea Topeno, Finland
    March 5, 2014 1:38 a.m.

    Every morning I went to see him the words were the same... "where are you from?" ... "oh, I've been there." was the answer.
    Ralph was a retired professor ... Ralph really helped me - not the other way - to understand people, especially dementia. BUT moreso he helped me to see how much FEELINGS control our behaviour, especially how much feeling memory means! Ralph's answer to a question my first morning ... When his wife asked him "Do you remember who sat next to you in priesthood meeting yesterday?" Without hesitation he answered:" I cannot remember, but he was a nice man." Ralph had forgotten everything else, except the feeling! What a complement! Because that man had been me. That was the first lesson Ralph taught me. I am forever thankful to Ralph, my teacher.
    I wish that everybody would have an opportunity to help - and learn.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    "'I'm so fond of Jared because we talk together, we talk the same language. He is a very good student, he's learning and learning, learning and that means everything to me,' Winship said."

    There is a tragic kind of poignant symmetry to see the former educator receiving so much joy from his forgetting as it helps his friend learn so much.

    Great story about some great people. I wish them all the very best.