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PVM and Wayne State University School of Medicine launched a unique program to provide physicians in training an opportunity to learn about the challenges of aging and experience the special qualities exhibited by older persons. The physicians in training provide educational opportunities on falls prevention, strength and balance exercises, properly managing medications, regular vision checks and how to make their living environments safer. During the evening meal of an overnight stay they interview residents and complete their biography to be given back as a gift.

The philosophy behind this innovative pilot program is that quality healthcare depends upon a physician's ability to internalize, reflect upon, and respond to the stories and emotions of their patients. With the aging of the population and the declining number of physicians who specialize in geriatric medicine, it is also thought that this program can be a motivational technique to spark interest in the field.

The four PVM pilot sites are The Village of East Harbor in Chesterfield Township, The Village of Westland in Westland, Thome Rivertown Neighborhood at PACE Southeast Michigan in Detroit and The Park at Trowbridge in Southfield.

PVM is a Michigan non-profit organization that was founded in 1945. It currently serves over 5,000 seniors of all financial means across the state in over 30 communities. Its mission is to serve seniors of all faiths and create new possibilities for quality living. Its vision is to transform senior living and services and enhance the communities which it serves. PVM continues its commitment to Detroit via ten communities within the city. In 2016 PVM was recognized by Crain’s with its Best-Managed Nonprofit Award.

Lynn Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
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Jennifer Mendez, Associate Professor & Director Community Engagement at Wayne State University School of Medicine
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