Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center

Quality of Life Programs

The Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) provides a number of programs to help support the quality of life of persons living with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, or other forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease.

The Buddy Program
This unique program matches first year students from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine with persons in the early stages of cognitive decline. The Buddy Program provides an opportunity for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to mentor a medical student and gives med-ical students the unique advantage of spending time with diagnosed individuals at an early stage of illness and outside of the clinical setting

ilLUMAnations
Designed as a program for people with memory loss and their care partners, the primary goal of ilLUMAnations is to spark creative dialogue and foster meaningful exchange around art in a supportive environment. With the guidance of specially trained docents, participants tour exhibits at the Loyola University Museum of Art.

The Memory Ensemble
A collaboration between the CNADC and the Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Memory Ensemble is an improvisational theatre experience for persons in the early stages of memory loss. Program participants learn to use their instincts, creativity, and spontaneity as they explore and create together. During this 8-week program, benefits of this non-pharmacological intervention are investigated.