Mercy Care for the Adirondacks recently 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 help combat the isolation and loneliness that people of all ages are experiencing, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lexi Bevilacqua, the program director, explained that these “Creativity in Aging” events are designed to offer elders the opportunity to stay connected to their community.
Mercy Care’s mission is to enhance the lives of elders in the community in every dimension. Katherine Rhodes, Mercy Care’s elder care manager, noted that these events bring joy to both participants and staff as they share stories over food and fellowship. The next Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer Training Program is scheduled for January 18, 2024 in Tupper Lake.
For those interested in becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer or parish nurse or elders who need their services can contact Katherine Rhodes at 518-523-5585 or email her at email@example.com or visit Mercy Care’s website located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid.