Investing in older adults

Above: Renate Schachenmayr, left, a volunteer with Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, and Regina LeRoy.

The older adult population in the Adirondack region is growing rapidly. By 2030, 30 percent of Essex County’s population will be over the age of 65. Projections are similar for Franklin, Clinton, Warren, and Hamilton counties.

Through our Generous Acts Fund, Adirondack Foundation has made a commitment to this population. This year alone, we’ve funded professional development for the Community Friendship Volunteer Program staff in northern Franklin County; improvements to accessible recreational trails in Willsboro in partnership with the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; and the purchase of smart tablets for nursing staff at High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care.

Further, we have continued to support Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, a broad-based collaborative program that works to ease loneliness and isolation for older adults.

“Adirondack Foundation has stepped up and is helping meet more of the caregiving needs of elders,” said Donna Beal, Mercy Care’s executive director. “We are so grateful.”

“I think it’s great, what Mercy Care and Adirondack Foundation are doing for so many people,” said Regina LeRoy, an elder living in Lake Placid who receives services from Mercy Care. “Without it, I don’t know, I think I’d be lost.”