The adage about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is getting a new twist in Maine with a grad student’s research project. Kara Janes, a 44-year-old graduate student at the University of Maine, is planning to spend 10 days in July living as an elderly resident in a local long-care facility.
The Lakewood Continuing Care Center is based at Inland Hospital, a Waterville, Maine, hospital owned by EMHS. The program that Janes is participating in is called Learning by Living and was started in 2005 by Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci, director of geriatrics education and research at the University of New England’s College of Osteo- pathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine.
According to a news release, Janes will live the life of an elderly resident, learning about medical diagnoses and standard-care procedures for Lakewood’s residents.