Mercy Care hosts quarterly meetings of the Tri-Lakes Aging in Place Task Force and the Caregiving Working Group of Essex and Franklin Counties. Assemblyman Billy Jones attended a recent meeting.
Mercy Care also hosts annual Educational Forums related to aging in the Adirondacks. In November, 2107, the forum’s focus was on the economic benefits of establishing an aging-friendly community. Greg Olsen, the acting director of the NY State Office for the Aging spoke about the Governor’s plans to make New York the first aging-friendly community in the nation.
Elders in our communities will need our love and help more than ever over the next years. The unique caregiving needs elders living in the Adirondacks experience such as long distances from services, cold and severe winters, and lack of adequate home and community based services will be amplified, as the aging population grows and government resources diminish.
Home Health Care Crisis in the Adirondacks
In March 2014, the Caregiving Working Group of Essex and Franklin Counties, facilitated by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, developed and released “Giving and Receiving Care in the Adirondacks,” a community empowerment action plan to address the area’s caregiving needs including severe shortage of home health aides.