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 at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake. The event included lunch and new, multi-generational versions of classic board games.
The purpose of the gathering was to combat isolation and loneliness that people of all ages are experiencing, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mercy Care’s mission is to enhance the lives of elders in the community in every dimension.
Lexi Bevilacqua, program director for Mercy Care, explained that these “Creativity in Aging” events offer elders an opportunity to stay connected with their community. The organization hosts these programs throughout the year in the Tri-Lakes area and welcomes all volunteers, parish nurses, and elder friends associated with Mercy Care to participate.
Katherine Rhodes, elder care manager at Mercy Care, shared her joy at hearing laughter and conversation as friends and residents shared stories, food, and fellowship during the event. The next Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer Training Program is scheduled for January 18th, 2024 in Tupper Lake.
Those interested in becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer or parish nurse or seeking services from the organization can contact Katherine Rhodes at 518-523-5585 or email her at email@example.com for more information about how to get involved with this community-focused organization located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid.