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 help combat the isolation and loneliness that people of all ages are experiencing, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lexi Bevilacqua, program director at Mercy Care, 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. According to Katherine Rhodes, Mercy Care’s elder care manager, it was a joy hearing laughter and conversation as friends and residents shared stories, food, and fellowship during this event.

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 or visit their website located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid.

By Editor

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