Med students gain insight into Alzheimer’s by pairing with patients

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease, and new cases are expected to double by the year 2050.  Medical students are learning in a special way about the people who have the disease.

Scott Koppel and Herb Miller never run out of things to talk about.  It could be a character in a movie.

“I think she was like 66. Really old,” Miller, who is 88, said jokingly.

They could be talking about his military service during and after World War II, or they they could have a discussion of Alzheimer’s.

“What does good health mean if you don’t know who you are — if you can’t remember your loved ones?” Koppel asked.

Miller is far from being in that situation, but last year, he was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s.

“The business of living is very easy to come by with the…

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