Monday, June 3, 2024

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks’ Annual Educational Forum set for Paul Smith’s College, June 18

Keynote Presenters to Discuss Climate Change Impact on Older Adults and Other Vulnerable Communities

Paul Smiths, NY — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks will hold its annual Educational Forum co-hosted by Paul Smith’s College on June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The 2024 Forum will focus on the urgent topic of Creating More Livable Communities for People of All Ages. Keynote presenters and panelists will discuss Climate Impact, Resilience & Restoration. There is a $25 registration fee, which includes the networking lunch. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for the Forum, please visit Mercy Care’s website at or contact Karen Rodriguez, Mercy Care Project Manager at or call (518) 523-5685.

Two expert keynote speakers will present:

Keynote Presenter:  Danielle Arigoni, Author, Climate Resilience for An Aging Nation

 Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Leo Bachinger, Climate Impacts on Vulnerable Communities

Program Manager, NYSDEC Office of Climate Change

Afternoon Panel of Experts

Moderated and Facilitated by Greg Olsen, Acting Director, NYS Office for the Aging

Greg Olsen is Acting Director of New York State Office for the Aging. Working with public and private partners at the state and local level, Greg is leading the effort to combat ageism, generalizations, and stereotypes about what aging is and demonstrating value in addressing social determinants of health and their role in helping older adults maintain their independence with dignity. Greg speaks regularly, across the nation, about how New York frames aging, and the way New York serves older New Yorkers.

Afternoon Panelists:

Curt Stager, Professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith’s College

Becky Preve, Executive Director of the Association on Aging in New York

John Bernardi, President & CEO of United Way of the Adirondack Region

Leslee Mounger, Funds and Program Officer at Adirondack Foundation

“We are proud to work with our partners at Mercy Care and the other outstanding institutions participating in this important event,” said Dan Kelting, President, Paul Smith’s College remarked. The issues of climate change and its impact on older adults and other vulnerable communities is a subject of high interest at Paul Smith’s College.  Our own Curt Stager, Professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith’s College, will serve on the expert panel to contribute his expertise as a scientist, educator, and author whose research deals with climate change and environmental history in Africa, the Adirondacks, and elsewhere around the world.”

Mercy Care is deeply grateful to Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for supporting, in part, these educational forums.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Institute of the Americas to extend mercy to elders in order to enhance the fullness of their lives.  Its work is carried out through a Friendship Volunteer Program, a Volunteer Parish Nurse Program, a Caregiver Friend Program, an Education and Advocacy Program, and its Age-friendly Communities Initiative.

Photo at top: Paul Smith’s College campus. Paul Smith’s College website photo.

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One Response

  1. stu says:

    “‘In Person Only – No Remote Participation Allowed”

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