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June 24, 2014

In My Opinion: Adirondack Health partners to aid aging population

For years, our region and communities across the country have relied on nursing homes to care for people who may no longer be able to live on their own or may require a customized short-term rehabilitation program following surgery or a major health event.

However, as our population is living longer and are living healthier lifestyles, the traditional approach to long-term care is now viewed from a different perspective.

As a result, we are turning to partners that will provide the same excellence in quality care in a cost-effective setting that supports an independent lifestyle.

Think about this: Our region is expected to see a 23 percent increase in persons age 65 and older between 2010 and 2020, a rate that is 15 percent greater than Upstate New York as a whole.

According to a 2009 regional assessment, if current population trends continue in the next 20 years, the Adirondacks will rival Florida’s west coast with the oldest population in America.

Since taking sponsorship of the Uihlein and Mercy Living Centers in 2007, Adirondack Health has made it a priority to ensure the sustainability of quality care for residents in our region. As the health-care needs of our community evolve, so does our approach on how to provide best-in-class care.

One of the ways we will achieve this is by seeking out partners who share our core values and commitment to the North Country. Through shared best practices and productive collaborations with other health-care providers, Adirondack Health is committed to meeting our community’s evolving needs.

Post Acute Partners, a fully integrated New York state-based post-acute-care delivery company, fits that rigorous profile. They provide quality care for more than 1,900 residents and employ more than 2,700 New Yorkers at nine skilled-nursing, six assisted-living and two independent-living facilities in the state.

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