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Alzheimer’s program has special meaning for Harvard student

Every Sunday, Harvard pre-med student Ryan Christ goes to a Roslindale nursing home to visit the woman he calls his mentor, an 85-year-old physician named Sofia Itkis.

Itkis advises him on everything from politics to girlfriends to careers. She tells him to make the most of his Harvard education, though she doesn’t think much of Harvard doctors. She talks about the fulfillment found in public service.

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