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“It’s all up to you. You don’t have to be old to move in here. I didn’t move in here because I was old.” – Howard Matson, resident of Parkview in Frisco
MEET HOWARD MATSON…IF YOU CAN CATCH HIM!
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Howard Matsonon Monday, May 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Howard has never been one to sit still. Big on community service, Howard has been a Rotarian for 31 years. He’s also held leadership positions with the Dallas Council of the Navy League of the United States and the Press Club of Dallas. A Navy veteran and retired director of communications for Lone Star Gas Company, Howard had a high-pressure career that kept him on his toes. Together with his late wife, Pat, he also raised a daughter and two sons. To bond with his young son, he took up Tae Kwon Do, earning his first black belt at age 48 and his second at age 53.
STAY BUSY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
Howard made up his mind a long time ago that he was never going to sit around watching TV when he retired. Moving to the right community at age 72 helped him make good on his promise. “Well, I exercise in the workout room. I join some people for breakfast. I work on the computer. I’m in the Rotary club here. I’m the membership director for the club. It’s a 100-person club. I’m on the food committee here, in fact, I chair the food committee here. I’m a floor rep for the Resident Council so between all of that plus the kids and doing things and going places, I’ve managed to find myself a girlfriend and we have so much in common we have a lot of fun together. So between all of that plus the kids and doing things and going places, I manage to stay pretty busy.” – Howard Matson
During his career, Howard moved about 20 times, so what was one more? After his wife died, Howard no longer wanted to be a homeowner. He wanted to live in a retirement community. He considered staying in Virginia, near his daughter, moving to North Carolina, near one son, and moving to Texas near his other son and only grandchild. Needless to say, his granddaughter broke the tie. He sees her now more than ever. And, as luck would have it, his other two kids have since relocated to Texas, too. “…in my situation it was the perfect solution. You know, you’ve got activities, you’ve got places to go, you can make friends.” – Howard Matson
HAPPY DAD, HAPPY KIDS
Howard was invited to move in with his kids but he wanted his own personal residence and Parkview in Frisco filled the bill. Three years later, everyone’s happy. “They like the idea of my being over here. They know there are people to look after me if I need it. There are people around. I obviously don’t need much right now but, you know, we all get older. And it’s very convenient for everybody, for them all to reach me, and for me to reach them so it was a logical location when we relocated here.” – Howard Matson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
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