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

Aging in Place in the Adirondacks

Aging in Place in the Adirondacks

The ability to age successfully as a
viable member of your community in a residential setting of your choice.

In March 2014, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and its collaborating partners developed "Giving and Receiving Care in the Adirondacks," a Community Empowerment Caregiving Action Plan.  Please click here to view the Plan  Caregiving in the Adirondacks Action Plan 

Mercy Care has also published, "A Guide to Help You Plan for Successful Aging."  Please click here to view the Guides:  Aging in Place Guide couples ; Aging in Place Guide singles

With support from the New York State Office for the Aging, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks initiated a planning process for Aging in Place in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks in September 2009.  Older adults living in this rural area of the Adirondack Mountains have unique needs—cold and severe winters, long distances from services, and the risk of isolation and loneliness for elders living in their own homes. 

Mercy Care served as a catalyst and facilitator for community committes and partners to organize planning activities to assess the need for services, develop networks to foster community support to respond to the insufficient supply of non-institutional health care and social service alternatives, and develop a plan for residents in one of the most under-served and demographically oldest areas of New York State, the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks.

The Community Committees found that older adults bring resources, talents, and abilities to the table that cannot be overlooked. Their voices, attitudes, and opinions must be sought to ensure that as valuable and viable community members, their needs are met. These were some of the most important themes of the successful planning efforts for aging in place: they are framed as positive, appreciative inquiries, and they must be driven by, involve and engage older adults as fully as possible. In addition, planning for aging in place recognizes that the education, aspirations, and attitudes of the up and coming generation of older adults are substantially different than those who are already in older age groups.

The planning project supported Mercy Care's mission to enhance in every dimension the fullness of life of elders living in their community independently.  Please click here to view the Tri-Lakes Community Empowerment Action Plan, which is the outcome of nine months of steady work by over 30 Community Committee Volunteers who met at least monthly and gave of their time conducting interview and focus groups, informing policymakers and community leaders, studying a service inventory, designing and reviewing a survey, and discussing development of plans to identify the most important priority actions needed to create livable communities for aging in place in the Tri-Lakes.

Mercy Care's strategic objective was to develop a model for Aging in Place in the Adirondacks, which might be helpful to other rural communities.  While Mercy Care helped organize the groups and carry out the work plan, this effort to plan for Aging in Place in the Tri-Lakes is the result of leadership by each Community Committee, the involvement of elders, a community survey, and community-wide interest, and deliberations, and advocacy.

The planning effort was supported by Susan Hunter, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate at the IDEA Center, School of Architecture and Planning, SUNY/Buffalo, who provided her technical assistance as an in-kind contribution from the Center.  The IDEA Center has nationally recognized expertise in community planning, universal design, and Aging in Place communities but has focused on major metropolitan areas.  Working With Mercy Care represented an opportunity to broaden and sharpen their expertise in rural community development.

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Resources

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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.