Become a Hero with National Alzheimer's Buddies

Friday, Sep 24, 2021

My name is Hajera Naveed and I am reaching out to you on behalf of National Alzheimer’s Buddies. NAB is an organization that pairs individuals with dementia, called Buddies, and college students to build connections through weekly, one-on-on visits. This program has inspired countless individuals to help their communities, all while aiming to reduce the emotional burden of Alzheimer’s. We hope to create new chapters at colleges and universities across the country to alleviate the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on both individuals with the disease as well as families and caretakers. 

Each chapter partners with a local nursing home, memory care center, or community house to set up weekly visits with a student volunteer and a Buddy. With each weekly visit, buddies and volunteers will come together to talk, play games, and write letters to the buddies' family highlighting positive aspects of their week. In addition to these weekly visits, volunteers will fill out weekly journal entries and attend peer-reflection meetings in order to improve their communication skills and create stronger connections with their buddy. 

If you are interested in starting a chapter at Princeton or know any student leaders that would be interested in beginning a chapter, please reach out to me or Nair, our COO (nair@alzbuddies.org). We will be able to guide you or interested students through the process of beginning a new chapter with National Alzheimer’s Buddies. 

For further information about the program, reach out to me (hajera@alzbuddies.org)  or visit our website. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about our organization, and we look forward to working with you. 

Sincerely, 

Hajera Naveed
National Alzheimer’s Buddies