As a chapter of National Alzheimer’s Buddies, Rutgers Alzheimer’s Buddies aims to further National Alzheimer’s Buddies’ mission of alleviating the social and emotional challenges that stem from Alzheimer’s by building strong relationships between college students and Alzheimer’s patients. Normally, volunteers will visit their buddies at Foxtrail Memory Care to participate in fun activities or simply talk about their week, allowing them to learn about the person beneath the disease and make the most of the present. The volunteers also write letters to the family of their buddy, highlighting the positive aspects of the week, suggesting activities families can do together, and helping reconnect family members with their loved ones.
With the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, however, we will instead be mailing letters/photos to our buddies and conducting Skype calls to stay connected. Regardless, Rutgers volunteers will benefit from developing new and unique friendships, learning about the importance of human connection and living in the moment, and increasing their awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
We only accept new volunteers during the fall semester, so make sure to check back next semester if you’re interested in joining!