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Annual Educational Forum is June 18

PAUL SMITHS — 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 and restoration.

Keynote presenters include Danielle Arigoni, author of “Climate Resilience for An Aging Nation,” and Dr. Leo Bachinger, Climate Impacts on Vulnerable Communities program manager for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change. An afternoon panel discussion moderated by New York state Office for the Aging Acting Director Greg Olsen will include 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 and CEO of United Way of the Adirondack Region; and Leslee Mounger, funds and program officer at the Adirondack Foundation.

“We are proud to work with our partners at Mercy Care and the other outstanding institutions participating in this important event,” Paul Smith’s College President Dan Kelting said. “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.”

There is a $25 registration fee for the forum, which includes the networking lunch. To register, visit www.adkmercy.org or contact Karen Rodriguez, Mercy Care project manager, at krodriguez@adkmercy.org or call her at 518-523-5685.

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