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Sisterhood for seniors

In 1968, the home adopted its current name, and in 1996, the all-male Board of Trustees merged with the all-female Board of Managers to create the first co-ed Board of Trustees.

Now, the building has been updated and modernized. The home's lavish staircases are roped off and residents use the building's elevators to travel from their rooms down to the dining and activity areas.

Jean Mastriani, of Rotterdam, has been a trustee for more than 30 years. She said the biggest change at the Heritage Home has been the age of its residents.

"The women are coming in at older and older ages because of updates in modern health," she said.

Gladys Henness, 83, a former clerk for the state Department of Motor Vehicles said she feels pretty good for her age. She likes to play an indoor bowling game and she enjoys visiting the home's beautician.

But Henness, a mother of two, grandmother of two, and great-grandmother of four said she likes one thing above all at the Heritage Home " the hotel-style service provided by the home's nearly 35 staff members.

"I don't have to do any housework," said Henness.

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