In an effort to combat the isolation and loneliness that people of all ages are experiencing, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.

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.

The joy of hearing laughter and conversation as friends and residents shared stories, food, and fellowship was evident during this event. Katherine Rhodes, Mercy Care’s elder care manager noted that these types of events are essential for maintaining mental health and wellbeing for seniors. She also expressed her gratitude towards all those who participated in making this day a success.

For those interested in becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer or parish nurse or for elders in need of the organization’s services can contact Katherine Rhodes at 518-523-5585 or email her at or visit Mercy Care’s website located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid.

By Editor

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