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‘Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging’ May 26 at PSC

May 14, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE?PLACID?- Mercy Care for the Adirondacks has developed, and Paul Smith's College will host, an educational forum entitled "Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging." The forum will be held May 26 on the Paul Smith's College campus.

The presenter will be Lenard W. Kaye, D.S.W., Ph.D. Dr. Kaye is a professor of social work at the University of Maine School of Social Work in the College of Business, Public Policy and Health and director of the UMaine Center on Aging.

The presentation will address the essential characteristics of communities that support the productive aging of their residents. It will also highlight the impressive assets and resources that older adults bring to enriching community life.

A prolific writer in the field of health care and aging, Kaye has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and 12 books on specialized topics in aging including home health care, productive aging, rural practice and family caregiving, among others. His pioneering research and writing on older men's caregiving experiences and help-seeking behaviors is widely recognized and frequently cited.

Kaye recently served on the national Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, as well as on the advisory boards of a wide range of national and local health and human service programs serving older adults.

He is a research scientist at Eastern Maine Medical Center and President of the Maine Gerontological Society. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and Geriatric Care Management Journal. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Mercy Care has developed five forums previously on the topics of "Creativity and Aging" in June 2007, "Communities for All Ages" in June 2008, "Transformative Aging" in October 2008, "Aging in Place in the Adirondacks" in June 2009 and "From Isolation to Integration" in October 2009.

"We have received registrations from elders and their families, professionals working in the health care and aging fields, state agency personnel, community leaders, volunteers and faith community nurses, clergy and religious," Donna Beal, Mercy Care executive director, said.

Anyone interested in learning more about Healthy Communities for Active Aging is invited.

There is no fee to attend the forum but pre-registration is required by May 20. To reserve a place, send an e-mail to or call (518)?523-5583. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to enhance in every dimension the fullness of life of elders living in their community independently. Its work is carried out through a Friendship Volunteer Program, a Faith Community Nurse Program, and an Education and Advocacy Program.



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