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Beverwyck marks 20 years

Slingerlands retirement community holds special events for residents, families

Janet and Arthur Hengerer, Adelaide Muhlfelder and Dorothy Storms are the four remaining “charter members” of Beverwyck-The Eddy Retirement Community in Slingerlands. The facility celebrated its 20th anniversary this month with a week full of events from residents and their families.

Janet and Arthur Hengerer, Adelaide Muhlfelder and Dorothy Storms are the four remaining “charter members” of Beverwyck-The Eddy Retirement Community in Slingerlands. The facility celebrated its 20th anniversary this month with a week full of events from residents and their families. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Completion of the Beverwyck meant local residents no longer had to move to retirement communities in Southern states, because there was a place available closer to home. This meant seniors could remain an active part of their community and get the care they needed, Miller said.

He added that besides Beverwyck’s physical growth, trends in senior care have changed.

Residents are coming to the retirement community at older ages than what was once the norm. Miller said many seniors are choosing to, or have to, work later in life. This means many are opting to stay in their homes later. The average age of a Beverwyck resident 20 years ago was 75. Now it’s 82. Miller said this, in part, led to the decision to add on the nursing home component.

“Beverwyck is now full-service with all three levels of care for seniors on the same campus,” said Miller. “Residents can go from independent living to the terrace and to the nursing home. The beauty is they don’t have to move around the Capital Region for their increased needs.”

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