Lessons from a nursing home

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Copyright © 2006 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

BIDDEFORD “” Many people find it depressing to spend even an hour inside a nursing home. Molly Trauten, 25, chose to spend her entire summer there. She breathed through an oxygen tube, despite being in good health. She was fed puréed muffin. She spent untold hours playing bingo.

Trauten is a graduate student in gerontology, or the study of aging, at Miami University in Ohio. She’s nearing the end of a summer internship with Marilyn Gugliucci, who teaches a course on aging at the University of New England’s medical school.

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