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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...

Riderwood Resident Kathleen "Dee" McGrath Survived the November 9, 1926 F-4 Tornado That Touched Down in La Plata, MD

Oct 27, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (October 27, 2011) -- It has been 85 years since an F-4 tornado touched down on November 9, 1926 about 5 miles southwest of La Plata in central Charles County, cutting a swath that left a ledger from a school house as far away as Bowie. Riderwood retirement community resident Kathleen "Dee" McGrath was one of its child survivors. As the tornado made its way north, it picked up a two-room school house filled with students, utterly destroying the building and leaving remnants strewn for 30 miles. Three of the survivors were from one family: a boy...

Riderwood's Waiter-Turned-Model Comes Home

Oct 27, 2011
Sean Eley, Riderwood Retirement Community's Waiter-Turned- Model,Returns to His Job After Walking the Runways of New York Wearing Ralph Lauren SILVER SPRING, MD (October 27, 2011) -- Sean Eley, a waiter at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring,  has just returned to his job after walking the runways of New York at this year's Fall Fashion Week wearing Ralph Lauren. Eley, 22,  arrived in New York on a Friday for a session he described as "frantic." About 40 models were crammed into one room, he said -- 16 of them were  males and the rest females. Attention was paid to...

NASAS Chief Scientist to Speak at Riderwood on November 3; RSVP Now to Attend

Oct 26, 2011
Public is Invited to Attend "Science & Exploration in the 21 st  Century," A Free November 3 Riderwood Lecture by Waleed Abdalati, Ph.D., NASA Chief Scientist SILVER SPRING, MD (October 26, 2011) -- The public is invited to attend "Science  & Exploration in the 21 st  Century," a free lecture by Waleed Abdalati, Ph.D., NASA Chief Scientist, on Thursday, November 3, at 7 p.m. in Riderwood retirement community's Encore Theater, 3140 Gracefield Road Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Abdalati's lecture is offered as part of Riderwood's Science & Technology Lecture Series. To RSVP please email Becky Hedin:  . Dr...

Public is Invited to Join Riderwood Residents and Staff in November 2 Mini Walk to End Alzheimer's and Also in Free November 15 Memory Screenings

Oct 19, 2011
Public is Invited to Join Riderwood Residents and Staff In November 2 Mini Walk to End Alzheimer's a nd to Also Participate in Free November 15 Memory Screening at Silver Spring Campus SILVER SPRIING, MD (October 19, 2011) -   Riderwood retirement community will hold a mini Walk to End Alzheimer's on Wednesday, November 2, at 2 p.m.,  and the public is invited to join residents and staff for it at the campus, which is located at 3140 Gracefield Road in Silver Spring, MD. Walkers will start in the Lakeside Commons lounge area and walk inside to Riderwood's extended care...

Erickson Living to Hold November 17 Baby Boomers' Aging Parents TweetChat

Oct 18, 2011
Erickson Living to Hold a November 17 Baby Boomers' Aging Parents TweetChat To Help Adult Children Obtain Invaluable Retirement Advice via Social Media SILVER SPRING, MD (October 18, 2011)  - A first in the senior housing industry....on November 17, 2011, Erickson Living, the manager of Riderwood in Silver Spring,  is leveraging one of the world's largest social networking and microblogging services (Twitter) to join in a conversation with the adult children of seniors who are looking for important information about retirement living for their parents. This TweetChat is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), and will include...

Riderwood Resident Lou Cross -- Incredibly -- Has Made 13 Holes-in-One During His Golfing Career

Oct 14, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (October 14, 2011) - Riderwood retirement community resident Lou Cross - incredibly - has made 13 holes-in-one ever since he became a member of Heritage Harbour Golf Club  in Annapolis, Maryland, 12 years ago. He made three holes-in-one during an eight-week period this past summer, concluding with an ace on the 87-yard No. 5 hole. Cross, 87, is a retired nationally acclaimed pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic. He won the Heritage Harbour Golf Club's championship in 1998. He does not believe in the tradition of buying drinks after making a hole-in-one, nor will he accept a drink from...