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Are You an Exceptional Ager? May 23rd Event Might Answer the Question

May 16, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director of the National Institute on Aging, on Thursday, May 23rd. An internationally known geriatrician/gerontologist, Dr. Ferrucci will be discussing the launch of the Insight into Determinants of Exceptional Aging and Longevity (IDEAL) study.  IDEAL is a special project within the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA).  For over fifty years, BLSA researchers have studied changes that take place in the human body over time in an attempt to better understand the aging process. Sponsored by the Social Work Department for Active Aging Month,...

World Travel the Ultimate Education for Bill Boyd

May 9, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---While a yearly beach getaway or a weekend jaunt to the mountains is an ideal vacation for many, it's just the tip of the iceberg for Bill Boyd. In fact, Mr. Boyd has seen icebergs, as well as lions, Jeju Island and bread lines in the former Soviet Union. A resident of Riderwood retirement community, Mr. Boyd has visited 301 of the 321 major travel destinations as compiled by the Traveler's Century List...and designated on a world map hanging on a wall of his apartment home, completely coded with colored pins. "International travel is a world-class education," stated...

Riderwood to Celebrate its Active Aging Month 2013 with Wellness Events

May 3, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---They travel across the world, use Skype to connect with loved ones across the country and volunteer in their communities.  They have lived through wartime and peace movements, but still aspire to share their diverse talents to help others. In May, America commemorates Older Americans Month, and Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, is celebrating the vitality and contributions of older adults with a series of Active Aging events promoting health and wellness. Chip Warner, Executive Director of Riderwood, stated that "our residents engage physically, mentally, and spiritually to live active and influential lives.  We are proud to...

Riderwood Announces Hiring of Diane Thometz to Realty & Moving Services Team

Apr 29, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Diane Thometz to its highly successful realty & moving services team. Mrs. Thometz is a licensed Realtor® through LeReve Real Estate of Highland, MD. In her new role, Mrs. Thometz will serve as a personal moving consultant, joining Kimberly Schoeberlein in the community's Sales and Marketing Department. The personal moving consultant is a highly personalized component of the marketing program designed to help clients with everything from downsizing and preparing their house for sale to settling into their new residence at Riderwood. In 2012, nearly 93 percent of...

Riderwood Honors Its 2013 Student Scholar Recipients

Apr 22, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Honoring academic excellence and workplace achievement, Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, held its 2013 High School Scholarship Awards Ceremony on April 18th. Twenty high school seniors from Montgomery and Prince George's Counties who are employed in the Dining Services Department of Riderwood earned four-year collegiate scholarships.  The value of these awards is $1,000 per semester for a total of $8,000 per student. Levern Allen is a resident of Riderwood who serves on the 11-member Scholarship Committee.  In her congratulatory remarks, Ms. Allen stated that "our community is so fortunate that strong bonds are created between residents and...

Riderwood Resident Bob Sprinkle Recalls Encounters with Margaret Thatcher

Apr 15, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD--As the world mourns the loss of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the twentieth century and only woman to have held the office, people of all walks of life are offering their remembrances of the "Iron Lady." Include Bob Sprinkle, a resident of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, in that group.  Mr. Sprinkle had three encounters with Prime Minister Thatcher during his professional career. The former Chief Executive Officer of the Association for International Practical Training met Prime Minister Thatcher in March, 1996 during a commemoration of the fiftieth...

Paulette Goodman Honored for Advocacy Work

Apr 2, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---For Mrs. Paulette Goodman, a lifelong journey as a social justice advocate began as a child in horrifying circumstances. Born in pre-World War II Paris, France, Mrs. Goodman is a survivor of the Holocaust, a tragic time in which she lost family members and close friends. "As a child, I knew what it was like to be afraid and ostracized.  Just going to the movies on Thursday afternoons with my friends, forbidden to Jews, could have meant tragedy for the whole family had I been caught in a roundup out of the theater," described Mrs. Goodman, a resident...

Spring Is In the Air for Riderwood Birding Group

Mar 19, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---For Don Messersmith, a retired University of Maryland professor and leader of the Riderwood Birding Group, the hobby is about the "chase." "There's nothing like being outdoors and identifying the unexpected with a rare bird sighting.  It's really interesting," stated Dr. Messersmith, a resident of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring. With warmer temperatures creeping closer, the fifteen participants of the Riderwood Birding Group are taking to the "chase" with weekly bird walks.  Once per month, they visit local parks and nature settings such as Lake Artemesia, Brookside Gardens and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center...

Riderwood Opens New Coffee Shop, Bar and Lounge

Feb 5, 2013
Scores of Riderwood residents in Silver Spring, MD, this week attended the simultaneous grand openings of their campus' new Village Nook (Coffee Shop) , Fireside Bar/Lounge and Fireside Hot Carry-Out. Receptions at the three Village Square locations were hosted by the Dining Services Department. Riderwood, which has more than 2,500 residents, sits on 120 acres that stretch across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Riderwood offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are more than 250 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards;...

Riderwood is Renovating Living Room and Lobby at Arcola Towers

Jan 31, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD (February 1, 2013) - Riderwood retirement community  - in partnership with Cypress Construction, Business Flooring, Glenmar Draperies, ClothWorks, and R.P. Hacker Painting - is renovating the living room and lobby areas at  Arcola Towers, a high-rise apartment building for senior citizens located on University Boulevard between Arcola Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring, MD.  The lobby at Arcola Towers has not seen a renovation in many years.  The furniture and set-up of the living room are not conducive to meetings and activities. The areas are badly in need of modernization and the furniture is in...