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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. Mercy Care’s mission is to enhance the lives of elders in the community in every dimension.

Lexi Bevilacqua, program director at Mercy Care, shared that these “Creativity in Aging” events are designed to offer elders an opportunity to stay connected with their community. The organization hosts these programs throughout the year in the Tri-Lakes area and they are open to all volunteers associated with Mercy Care.

Katherine Rhodes, elder care manager at Mercy Care noted that it was a joy to hear laughter and conversation as friends and residents shared stories, food, and fellowship during this event. The next Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer Training Program is scheduled for January 18th 2024 in Tupper Lake.

For those interested in becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer or parish nurse or for elders who require their services can contact Katherine Rhodes at 518-523-5585 or email her at or visit their website located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid

By Editor

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