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Riderwood Awards 78 Collegiate Scholarships to Employees

Apr 18, 2019

Silver Spring, MD -- This fall local students working at Riderwood , an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Silver Spring, MD, will head to college and for some, continue on with their college/trade school education. Thanks to the over 2500 people who live at Riderwood, 78 employees at Riderwood will receive the Riderwood Student Scholarship.

"This year more than $228,000 was raised for the students mainly by resident contributions,” said Fiona Divecha, resident life manager, Riderwood. "The students become eligible for the Riderwood Scholarship by completing 1000 hours of work here over a consecutive...

Hundreds Attend Sales EXPO at Riderwood

Mar 28, 2019

Silver Spring, MD: More than 180 people attended the annual Spring EXPO at Riderwood , an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Silver Spring, MD.

The guests, which included a mix of priority list members and new visitors, discovered the benefits of maintenance-free retirement at Riderwood. They toured the campus, explored available apartment homes, sampled fabulous cuisine, met with the leaders of the many Riderwood groups and met with a number of resident ambassadors.

"The success of this annual EXPO is attributed to the many staff members and residents who gave their time to...

Riderwood’s Lori Hamilton Named a Leader of the Year by Erickson Living

Mar 19, 2019

Silver Spring, MD— Lori Hamilton, Director of Continuing Care, Riderwood , an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Silver Spring, MD, was named Leader of the Year for 2018 by Erickson Living.

The recognition is given to a manager or director who continually demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and inspires, motivates and empowers his or her team members to commit to excellence in serving residents.

Hamilton was one of 20 employees selected by their respective communities or corporate departments and recognized nationally among his peers during the Erickson Living Annual Meeting held in Baltimore,...

Executive Chef at Riderwood has a Deep Rooted Love for Culinary Arts

Mar 14, 2019

His Passion for Cooking Motivates Him to Learn More Everyday

Silver Spring, MD - Riderwood Executive Chef Chad Wisner’s success as a chef is deep rooted in his true love for the culinary arts and his passion for teaching and mentoring.

“Passion is everything in this industry,” says Wisner, who started his career at the age of 15, like most chefs, as a dishwasher. Since then, he has advanced through the kitchen from prep cook to executive chef, learning, experimenting, and guiding others along the way.

“My passion drives me to excellence, which motivates me...

500 Residents and Staff Attend 3rd Annual Riderwood’s Got Talent

Feb 25, 2019

Silver Spring, MD -- More than 500 residents and staff attended the 3 rd Annual Riderwood’s Got Talent at Riderwood , an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Silver Spring, MD. The event, organized by the Riderwood resident-run group Entertainment Presenters, had 16 acts including Riderwood employees and residents.

“Every year, Riderwood’s Got Talent is always a huge success,” said Amanda Hixenbaugh, community resources coordinator, Riderwood. “We have so many talented people both living and working here so what better way to showcase their talents than at an event like Riderwood’s Got Talent. This event...

Lori Simpson Named Director of Resident Life at Riderwood

Jan 31, 2019

Simpson will oversee a variety of departments at Riderwood

Silver Spring, MD – Riderwood , an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Silver Spring, MD, has named Lori Simpson, Director of Resident Life.

In this role, Simpson will oversee a variety of departments including Fitness, Community Resources, Volunteer Programs, Philanthropy, Riderwood TV, Resident Services, Certified Home Health, Pastoral Ministries and Home Support.

“Lori brings over 20 years of experience in the senior living industry to Riderwood,” said Gary Hibbs, Executive Director, Riderwood. “She is a great addition to our Executive Team...

Riderwood Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Wellness Center

Dec 4, 2018
State of the art fitness and aquatic center will be two-stories

Silver Spring, MD – On Friday, November 30, Riderwood , an Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of The Wellness Center, a two-story, 25,000 square-foot fitness and aquatic center.

“Our residents are active and enjoy working out and the new Wellness Center will meet the health and wellness needs of our 2500 residents,” said Gary Hibbs, Executive Director, Riderwood. “We are going to be celebrating 19 years of experience and excellence in serving the senior living...

It’s A Family Affair at Riderwood

Nov 27, 2018
The Longwell’s son’s experience working at Riderwood and for Erickson Living influenced their decision to move there

Silver Spring, MD – A month before Thanksgiving, Jason Longwell’s washer and dryer went on the fritz. As any homeowner would do, the Senior Director of Regional Sales for Erickson Living called a repairman and waited—for two months. In the meantime, he used the laundry in his parent’s apartment home at Riderwood , an Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, until his was fixed.

Luckily, his parents, Mary and Frank Longwell, never have to worry about their...

Hundreds Attend “Night in New Orleans” Gala at Riderwood

Oct 17, 2018

Silver Spring, MD -- Hundreds of residents, staff and guests at Riderwood , an Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, gathered together for the “Night in New Orleans” Gala. The annual event to benefit the Benevolent Care Fund had a New Orleans theme this year.

“What an amazing evening,” said Executive Director Gary Hibbs. “This event could not have happened without the wonderful staff from various departments who volunteered the weeks leading up to the event and on Saturday night. This took a massive effort and a group of people with skills and talent to put...

Riderwood Couple ‘make the best use of their lives’ by Moving to the Erickson Living Community Sooner than Later

Aug 2, 2018

Silver Spring, MD -- Moving to Riderwood was one of the best decisions Melissa and Paul Pumphrey have ever made. The only thing that topped it was moving sooner rather than later—while they’re young, active, and able to take advantage of all the popular Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, MD, has to offer.

“There’s a tremendous amount of advantages to moving while you’re still active and independent—special trips, social activities, a softball team. A lot of people wait too long,” Mr. Pumphrey says. “There’s no reason to stay in a house you have to...