Henry “Hank” Rand had been alone long enough.
After his beloved wife died in 2006, “I spent a lot of time looking at the four walls,” he recalls. And he knew the time had come to move into The Overlook. Ironically, he had put down a deposit at The Overlook years earlier, when “I couldn’t handle my wife’s illness alone anymore.” But she rallied and they put it off.
With the passage of time after her death, Hank found himself in a place where he sought companionship. He also wanted interesting things to do. And he needed to be in a place where he could “go 100 miles an hour, all the time.” He found it all at The Overlook.
“The Overlook was a salvation for me. It kept me from losing it. It kept me stable,” he says. It also introduced him to neighbors that quickly became friends. “The people are great here. The ladies all dress up beautifully. It’s nice that people still want to be respected and look good, even though you’re 85 years old.”
Overall, he says, “The Overlook is a community that is unmatched by any other that I know of. It is the complete package. It’s got anything and everything you want to do or get involved with.”
For Hank, that’s regular card games (Bridge and Cribbage) in the Solarium. It’s also frequent visits to The Overlook’s gym, where he takes advantage of the treadmill, stationary bike and free weights. And it’s treating long-time friends to the gourmet meals served at Acacia.
Hank also plays golf twice a week at nearby Heritage and is involved in fundraising for the YMCA in Greater Worcester. As a 33rd Degree, 4th Generation Mason, he also serves on the Board of Governors for the Masonic Learning Center for children with dyslexia at the Masonic Temple in Worcester, MA, providing one-on-one assistance for children with dyslexia. “As long as I make somebody else happy,” he says, “I’m happy.”
Later, as he relishes the spectacular sunrise he views every morning over the nearby mountains, that same sentiment comes up again. “I’m happy here,” he says.