Pre­ma­ture aging

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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.

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