Floyd Swanson may have only moved into Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge in early May 2021, but he is already making strides in fitting into his new home.
Floyd grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts, and served in the Navy in the Korean War. He went to Boston University under the GI Bill, married his wife, and began working an administrative job with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Swanson family soon moved to Potomac when Floyd took up a position in Human Resources at the National Institute of Health. He spent the rest of his career at the NIH and continued working in a contract capacity following his retirement.
Floyd began looking for a new place following the death of his wife. His two daughters and grandson live in the area, and Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge was one of his options. “We looked at other places, but this community had more going on than some of the other places,” Floyd said. “During our tour, I noticed a book about New Orleans jazz in the library. I commented how I would like to read it, and three days later, the book was in my mailbox.”
Also, during Floyd’s personal visit, he was sent home with two meals of Chilean sea bass to enjoy. “When we were visiting, the food was a big decision-maker,” he said. Floyd added that in addition to the fish, the desserts are “irresistible.”
Although moving into a new home can be difficult, Floyd is doing his best to stay busy and meet new friends. “I try to talk to a lot of different people when I go to meals and sit with different people,” he said. “I’m getting more oriented every day, and my apartment is great and very spacious.”
He has tried out yoga and jazzercise exercise classes, dined and drank during special parties, and loved listening to any visiting musicians. “I try to pick out something every day to try,” Floyd said.
Floyd has even started his own program at the community, Fun Times with Floyd. When Floyd’s wife lived in a skilled nursing facility, he would play music for the residents. “I thought I could do the same thing here, and people might like it,” he said. Floyd worked with Vibrant Living Director Jamie Pistorio to set up an event, and he remarked, it was a full house!
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