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Daughter of Riderwood Residents Donald and Helen Hawkins Selected "Mentor of the Year"

Nov 16, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 16, 2011) - Laurie Cooke, the daughter of Riderwood residents Donald and Helen Hawkins, has been selected "Mentor of the Year" by the American Society for Association Executives. Cooke is CEO of the Healthcare Business Women's Association (HBA), the leading nonprofit professional association in the women's leadership space in healthcare globally. With a network of more than 20,000 individuals and nearly 130 corporate partners across several continents, Cooke is perfectly placed to impact the lives of individuals and companies. As the first CEO of HBA she laid the groundwork to more than triple the organization's membership...

Hundreds of Retired Veterans to Rally for Peace November 11 at Veterans Day Ceremony at Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD

Nov 10, 2011
WHAT: A Veterans Day ceremony in which hundreds of Riderwood retirement community veterans from the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and  Coast Guard will rally for peace. They will be joined by their spouses - who kept their families together on the home front during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War - and by their fellow residents. The hour-long ceremony will include tributes to all branches of the military, as well as anecdotal stories of life in the military from the following residents. WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, November 11, from  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., in the Riderwood Encore Theater,...

Riderwood's Facebook Sees a 27% Increase in Viewings During the Past Month

Nov 8, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 8, 2011) - Riderwood retirement community's Facebook page (  or  ) has seen a 27% increase in readership in the past month. A total of 12,940 people viewed the page, an increase of 2,000views from the prior month. More than 400 people are viewing the page daily. The majority of traffic (55%) came from email servers, indicating people are referring their friends to Riderwood Facebook through email. The second most common source of referrals came via Google (30%). This is representative of the power of social media.  It indicates people are using this...

Riderwood Nurse Practitioner Julaine Harding is Appointed to University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty

Nov 8, 2011
Riderwood Nurse Practitioner Julaine Harding is Appointed Faculty Associate sn the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at University of Maryland School of Nursing SILVER SPRING, MD (November 8, 2011) - Julaine Harding, a Nurse Practitioner at Riderwood retirement community, has been appointed Faculty Associate in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Harding works at Renaissance Gardens, which is the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood.  She rotates between the rehab floor and the long-term-care and assisted living floors. She orders and interprets diagnostic tests such as lab work and...

Riderwood Lions Club Delivers 92 Large Bags of Clothing and Toiletries to Shepherd's Table in Silver Spring, MD, to Help People in Need

Nov 7, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 7, 2011) - The Riderwood Lions Club this week delivered 95 large 55-gallon bags (and five large boxes) of donated clothing and toiletries to Shepherd's Table to help people in need. The items will help more than 100 people weekly who visit Shepherd's Table's Clothes Closet and more than 100 people daily who receive assistance from the organization's Resource Center. The donations resulted from a two-week Care Packages for the Homeless drive held among residents and employees at Riderwood, a continuing care retirement community. "We are here and serving because of your generosity and your deep caring for...

Riderwood Offers Tips to Make the Upcoming Holiday Season as Stress- Free as Possible

Nov 4, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 7, 2011) -- As the calendar creeps into November it is a signal that the holiday season is upon us. What should be time of celebration with family and friends can add stress to our already busy schedules that can put a strain on our physical and mental health. Riderwood, a continuing care retirement community in Silver Spring that has nearly 3,000 residents, offers the following tips to make the upcoming season as stress-free as possible:   Keep up your exercise routine:  Time pressures quickly can make it so that it is even harder to find time...

Extended Care Neighborhood at Riderwood Receives 'Deficiency-Free' Survey by State of Maryland for Second Time in Four Years

Nov 4, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 4, 2011) - Renaissance Gardens, the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood, has just received a 'deficiency-free' survey from the State of Maryland, the second time in the past four years it has done so. Moreover, Renaissance Gardens has not had a clinical deficiency for the past two years (note: by comparison the industry average for skilled nursing homes is 13 deficiencies per survey). This achievement follows Renaissance Gardens being named this past year as the recipient of the federal government's highest Five-Star Quality Rating for assisted living/skilled nursing facilities for the fourth successive year. Renaissance Gardens...

Harriet Perretz Starts a Weekly Foreign Film Series at Riderwood

Nov 2, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 2, 2011) - Harriet  Perretz always enjoyed watching foreign films - so much so that she has started a weekly Foreign Film Series at Riderwood retirement community, where she reviews foreign film offerings from Netflix in her two-bedroom apartment and then screens them for residents. Her efforts to get residents to appreciate foreign films appear to be working, with more than 100 people in attendance at the screenings. The films, which are highly rated,  come from all over the world and have English subtitles. Perretz picks the best of the films and holds screenings on Wednesday...

Nearly 100 Riderwood Residents and General Public to Celebrate the Truman Years at November 10 "I'm Just Wild About Harry!" Fest

Nov 2, 2011
WHAT: "I'm Just Wild About Harry!" - a November 10 celebration of the Truman years by nearly 100 residents of Riderwood retirement community and the general public. This festive event is being held in partnership with the Beltsville Library and the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. It will kick off an Oral History project between Riderwood and the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and it will include the following:  A  discussion of "Truman," the Pulitzer Prize- winning-book written by David McCullough, led by Barbara Spears, the Branch Manager of the Beltsville Library.  Note: Riderwood residents used their Beltsville...

Riderwood's Margaret Hart Has Always Taken "The Road Less Travelled"

Oct 31, 2011
Peace Corps Volunteer, Marine Fisheries Project Manager, Nonprofit Editor, and Rat Surgeon:  Riderwood's Margaret Hart Has Always Taken "The Road Less Travelled"... And it  Has  Made All the Difference SILVER SPRING, MD (October 31, 2011) -- Margaret Hart, the Executive Assistant in the Administration Office at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, seems to have lived poet Robert Frost's call to take "The Road Less Travelled." And that's an understatement. Hart, who lives in Silver Spring, has been a rat surgeon, an auto painting and body shop owner, Peace Corps volunteer, a nonprofit publishing editor,  and a marine fisheries project manager. Oh...