Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is committed to a holistic and non-denominational approch to serving aging persons by offering programs of educaiton and advocacy, spiritual care, including a parish nurse program, and friendship for elders in home and community-based settings in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks. Donate Now

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Programs at Mercy Care


Training Program:  May 2 and May 9, 2017 Lake Placid

 Among many elders living at home, there is a need for the benefits of friendship, companionship, assistance, and spiritual care which is not or cannot be adequately provided by family or friends.

Mercy Care’s Friendship Volunteer Program is designed to ease isolation and loneliness of elders or infirm persons.  It is meant to keep elders connected with their churches and their communities.

Mercy Care’s first year goal in 2008 was to attract 12 Friendship Volunteers to assist elders.  Since 2008 Mercy Care has recruited and trained 145 Friendship Volunteers who have contributed over 24,000 hours of volunteer service in Mercy Care’s Direct Serve area in the Tri-Lakes area valued at over $565,440. 

Becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer

 Mercy Care friendship volunteers are caring people interested in enhancing the lives of the aging by serving the spiritual and companionship needs of elders.  Imagine the joy and comfort you, as a Mercy Care friendship volunteer, can bring to an elder neighbor’s life.

For more information about becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer, please contact:

 Sr. Catherine Mary Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., RN

 Mercy Care’s Role in the Volunteer Friendship Program

  • Recruits, trains and screens volunteers
  • Develops volunteer assignments
  • Matches volunteers with those in need
  • Tracks volunteer hours
  • Provides opportunities for friendship volunteers to network with others in Tri-Lakes communities and churches
  • Develops evaluation tools to measure effectiveness and make program improvements
    Mercy Care
    Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse Program

     For information, contact Sr. Catherine Cummings at 518-523-5582 or by e-mail at

     Become a Volunteer Faith Community Nurse 
    Training Program begins March 10, 2017      

     Parish Nursing for elders in the Adirondacks

Imagine the joy and comfort you can bring to your elder neighbors by helping them manage their health needs.  If you are a Registered Nurse who would like to promote the relationship of spiritual care and health in your practice of nursing, Mercy Care will provide training, equipment, encouragement, and coordination to you to serve the needs of your elder neighbors in their own homes.  

Mercy Care welcomes nurses of all faiths to serve, as well as those nurses who are unaffiliated with any particular church or faith.  
Mercy Care Faith Community Nurses, in collaboration with church congregations, parishes, and community organizations, evaluate the medical, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of elder persons, meet those needs as they are able, and refer them for services as needed.
Would you like the services of a Mercy Care Faith Community Nurse?

 If you are an elder residing in your own home or other independent living community in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks, and you would like the services of a Mercy Care Faith Community Nurse, please contact Sr. Catherine.  

Volunteer Registered Nurses in church congregations, parishes, and other caring RNs in communities throughout the Tri-Lakes are trained, coordinated, and networked through Mercy Care’s Faith Community Nurse Program.  Sister Catherine Mary Cummings, RSM, Ed.D, R.N. Nursing Education, directs the program.  

Mercy Care Faith Community Nurses serve elders as:

 Sr. Catherine Mary Cummings, RSM, Ed.D.,RN
(518) 523-5582    

Mercy Care’s role in the Faith Community Nurse Program

 Mercy Care Education and Advocacy Program

Raising awareness of the changing views on aging is another positive contribution Mercy Care makes to help community leaders understand the need to create “elder-friendly communities.”  Promoting older adults’ health, independence, well-being, and participation makes for healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, which serves the interests of all citizens in our Adirondack towns and villages.

 Bringing national and state experts on Aging topics to the Adirondacks helps to ease the sometimes professional isolation experienced by too many agency and professional staff in the Adirondacks.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosts presentations and education programs and advocates for the needs of elders living in their communities so that they might age in place more successfully.  

 Educational Forums

  Previous Mercy Care Educational Forums



Creativity and Aging—Promoting Elder-friendly Communities

Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University

Communities for All Ages

Nancy Z. Henkin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Intergenerational Learning Center at Temple University

Transformative Aging

Sr. Ann Billard, Ph.D

Aging in Place

Susan Hunter, Ph.D., Senior Associate, IDEA Center, State University of New York at Buffalo

From Isolation to Integration--Helping Elders Stay Connected to Their Communities.

Msgr. Charles Fahey

Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging

Lenard W. Kaye, D.S.W., Ph.D., Director of the UMaine Center on Aging

Building Your Personal Independence Plan to Age in Place Successfully

Greg Olsen, Deputy Director for the Division of Policy Management and Public Information for the New York State Office for the Aging

Aging in Place in your Own Home


Jonathan White, Architectural Research & Design Associate, Center for Inclusive Design & Environment Access, University of Buffalo

Harnessing the Power of the Built Environment to Enable Older Adults to Age in Place Successfully


Esther Greenhouse, Environmental Gerontologist

Building a Stronger Voice for Crafting Livable Communities in Rural, Small-town Settings

Richard Iannello, Director of the Albany Guardian Society, and Michael Burgess, Senior Policy Consultant for New York StateWide Senior Action Council

Aging, Longevity, and the Law

Robert Abrams, Esq., Vera Prosper, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst with the New York State Office for the Aging

Elder Caregiving in Rural Communities

Linda Davis, RN, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing at Duke University

Kinship Care

Grandparents, relatives, friends raising children

Challenges, Rights, Resources


Gerald Wallace, Esq.

Director of New York State Kinship Navigator

Public Service Professor, University at Albany, School of Social Welfare

Collaboration and Partnership

Recommendations, strategies, and discussion:

How to achieve a sustainable and replicable system

of long term care services in the Eastern Adirondacks


Linda Spokane

Vice President for Research & Analytics

Cheryl Udell

Community Services Policy Analyst

LeadingAge New York

"The Times They Are a Changing:  Challenges of Rural Aging"

Ann Monroe, President, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and Board Chair, Grantmakers in Aging

"Connectivity, Caregiver Support, and Workforce Evolution:  Policy Solutions for a Graying Rural New York:

Laura J. Palmer, AARP New York, Associate Director





Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is committed to a holistic and non-denominational approch to serving aging persons by offering programs of educaiton and advocacy, spiritual care, including a parish nurse program, and friendship for elders in home and community-based settings in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks.