Don’t Miss the Boat

January 13, 2020

Henry Simpson and his wife Polly enjoyed nearly 63 wonderful years together.  Their relationship, which was the envy of their friends, was rooted in mutual respect.  Everything was great, until one day it wasn’t.

In 2012, Polly had a stroke.  “Henry shares it was a family decision that brought him to Lake Prince Woods, a continuing care community.”  He thought the family meeting with his daughters and son was to assist with care for Polly, but it included what was best for him too.

Henry moved to a small one bedroom apartment at Lake Prince Woods, while Polly lived on campus in the health center and later moved to assisted living.  It was a good arrangement and one that Henry thought to be permanent.  He visited Polly often and continued to enjoy the socialization the community had to offer. 

What happened next seemed a miracle.  After fourteen months, Polly was able to return home to Henry.  They made a move to a larger apartment where they spent the next 3 1/2 years together.  “Lake Prince Woods gave us 3 ½ good years we never expected to have,” shared Henry.  “I am grateful for that time with Polly and the bucket list items we were able to accomplish during that time.”

While many prospective residents seek an active and engaged lifestyle in retirement, a community with a continuum of care offers an additional benefit … peace of mind.  “Having Polly just a walk away and knowing she had excellent care, gave me and my family peace of mind,” shared Henry. “Navigating that first year after her loss cannot be minimized; however, it is not faced alone when you are surrounded by neighbors and friends (who become family),” shared Henry.  “I am grateful for Lake Prince Woods.” 

Henry, also known as the piano man, enjoys playing at Vespers.  He is also involved in the Book Club, playing duplicate bridge, socializing at happy hour (every day) and attending the various concerts and events both on and off campus. Not long after moving to Lake Prince Woods, long-time friends, Henry and Betty Odom also moved to the community.  The two Henrys have been close friends since 1948, when they became classmates and fraternity brothers at Randolph-Macon College. Another connection carried over into Lake Prince Woods when Al Nash moved to the campus.  Henry and Al first knew each other in 1945 when Henry was the paper boy for Al’s family. “Continuing these connections at Lake Prince Woods has been mighty nice,” shared Henry. 


Henry noted, “Lake Prince Woods feeds me healthy meals, increased my exercise routine, offers socialization and has all of the conveniences I need; I could not ask for any more. Since moving here we never once regretted our decision. It is better to come too soon than wait too long to make a move and those who choose not to come, well….they miss the boat!”