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Educational Forums

Raising awareness of the changing views on aging is another positive contribution Mercy Care makes to help community leaders understand the need to create “aging friendly communities.” Promoting older adults’ health, independence, well-being, and participation makes for healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, which serve 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 professional isolation experienced sometimes by too many of our 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 Educational Forums had to be cancelled. We hope to have a 2022 Educational Forum in May 2022. Please check back and make sure we have your contact information so we can notify you as soon we can start moving forward again.

Keynote speakers for 2019 were: Joyce Markiewicz, Exec. VP and Chief Business Development Office for Catholic Health and Amber Schlicta, VP of Programs for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Customarily, the forum takes place in early November from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Historically, registration has been $25 and included lunch.

Once registration opens, click here to download the Mercy Care Educational Forum Invitation

or, once registration opens, register directly online click here: Mercy Care Educational Forum On-line Registration


Topic Presenter
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
Economic Security for Older Adults Ron Deutsh, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute; Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, New York StateWide Senior Action Council; Adam McNeill, Financial Planning Association; Laura Ehrich, Associate Director, AARP New York
The Economic Case for Aging-Friendly Communities John Feather, Ph.D., CEO, Grantmakers in Aging; Greg Olsen, Acting Director, New York State Office for the Aging
Age Friendly Health System Initiative Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities Randall Hoak, Associate State Director, AARP New York