Lucy and Stan Smith

Lucy and Stan Smith

Resident Since: 
July 3, 2014

Lucy and Stan Smith tell us that they have been privileged to live at The Summit Since July, 2014. In their words, their apartment works beautifully for them, the food is great (which Lucy doesn’t need to cook). The staff are friendly and quickly responsive to their needs. But best of all, they find their new friends at The Summit have led such interesting lives. It is difficult to break away from the conversation at every meal.

This doesn’t mean that the decision to move here was easy or that the transition was painless. They loved their prior home at Smith Mountain Lake. The views morning and evening were often breath taking. But increasing health issues made normal maintenance and boating activities more and more challenging. Downsizing decisions did not come easy. They solved the problem of disposition of their classic player piano by bringing it with them to the community room where it can be enjoyed by all the residents. They said that the act of getting rid of a lot of “stuff” worked to their advantage.

The Smiths spend most of their time involved with discussion groups, playing bridge, doing puzzles, updating genealogy, reading and organizing family files and mementoes. Stan is Vice president of the Resident Council where residents share recommendations for the community life with the administration. They particularly enjoy dining with different residents each evening where everything from family histories to solving the problems of the world are shared. And the wide choices of entrees on the menu certainly enhance this experience as well.

Lucy and Stan keep referring to fellow residents as “family”. “We all have physical problems but they are just a fact of life – no one whines about them”. Everyone is eager to do what they can do to help their neighbors.

They would advise anyone thinking about the possibility of moving to a continuing care retirement community to take the time to review the life at several different locations. Then decide which community best meets your needs and where you feel most comfortable.

They are happy with their decision to move when they did (in their early 80’s) and their selection of The Summit. Their concluding remarks were “Life is great here!”