Born in Oakland and raised in Alameda for the first eight years of his life, our profiled client traveled all over the world in his formative years due to his father’s work in the military. Garrett Swing always called the East Bay his home base, but moved to San Francisco in 1979 and soon entered a drug rehabilitation program, Walden House. He really never left after that – except for a few months in Lake County where he stayed after being injured by a nail-laden beam which fell on him after his South of Market apartment building partially collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake! After recovering from his injury, and a brief relapse on drugs, he moved back to the City and lived and worked for the next 2 decades, gaining sobriety for good in 1995. After retirement Garrett, through friends, learned that Curry Senior Center served senior lunches and visited The Center for the first time.
Not too long after, he discovered fun and interesting classes at The Center that kept bringing him back week after week. Garrett enjoys our wellness program, our international cuisine program, but most of all the Healthy Living Reunion group that he has been a part of for over eight years! He loves the friendships that he has made over the years and says that he has “more friends than ever!” Garrett is also an avid volunteer at Curry and has helped out with all kinds of events but he especially liked helping prepare for the annual Curry Senior Center Gala, which he was able to attend in 2016. Garrett says, “No matter who you are, if you have a problem more than likely Curry can solve it or send you where it can be solved.” We love to see clients thrive on friendships and Garrett is a great example of older adults who can maintain large social networks and be a part of a community that cherishes him as much as we do at The Center.