Recently, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted a game day for their friendship volunteers, elder friends, and residents from St. Joe’s veterans and first responders. The event took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake and included lunch and new, multi-generational versions of classic board games.
The purpose of bringing together Mercy Care volunteers, elder friends, and St. Joe’s residents was to combat the isolation and loneliness that people of all ages are experiencing, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mercy Care’s mission is to enhance the lives of elders in the community in every dimension.
According to Lexi Bevilacqua, the program director, these “Creativity in Aging” events are designed to offer elders the opportunity to stay connected to their community. The organization hosts these programs throughout the year in the Tri-Lakes area, and they are open to all volunteers, parish nurses, and elder friends associated with Mercy Care.
Katherine Rhodes, Mercy Care’s elder care manager, noted that these events bring joy by allowing friends and residents to share stories, food, and fellowship. She also expressed excitement about upcoming events such as a training program for friendship volunteers on January 18th 2024 in Tupper Lake.
For those interested in becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer or parish nurse or for elders in need of their services can contact Katherine Rhodes at 518-523-5585 or email her at email@example.com or visit their website located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid