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Riderwood’s Bocce Club Creates Memories With Montgomery County Students

May 19, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— When outdoor bocce courts opened at Riderwood in 2013, resident George Galasso dreamed of days like May 8. The Riderwood Bocce Club hosted eight students from Springbrook High School’s Special Education Program for an afternoon of intergenerational outreach and friendly competition at the Erickson Living retirement community. Springbrook is part of Montgomery County Public Schools. “As part of our outreach, we’ve hosted folks of all ages to play bocce with us. This spring, we thought it would be fun to share our love of bocce with a local high school program,” stated Dr. Galasso. “The event with...

Riderwood’s Skilled Nursing Neighborhood Earns Deficiency-Free Survey from State Regulators

May 19, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD—Riderwood’s skilled nursing neighborhood in Arbor Ridge earned a deficiency-free survey from state regulators. Conducted by the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Office of Health Care Quality, the licensing survey occurred May 6-8 on the campus of the Erickson Living retirement community. The news comes on the heels of Riderwood receiving the highest overall rating of five stars in the seventh annual Best Nursing Homes edition of U.S. News & World Report published in March. That ranking is based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards...

Riderwood Appoints Jeff Kimbell as Director of Dining Services

May 12, 2015
Silver Spring, MD—Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring appointed Mr. Jeff Kimbell as Director of Dining Services. Mr. Kimbell brings more than twenty-five years of experience in the hospitality industry to this leadership position, fourteen of which are with Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Riderwood. He has served the past nine years as a regional Director of Dining, supporting sister communities in Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Texas and Colorado. Prior to his employment with Erickson Living, he worked for the Walt Disney Company as the General Manager for a prestigious restaurant. As Director of Dining Services for Riderwood, he...

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Riderwood!

May 6, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD— Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, kicked-off a month-long celebration to commemorate its 15th anniversary. The festivities begin on Friday, May 1 during a luncheon honoring the “founding members” of Riderwood, the 64 pioneer residents and 14 employees who moved in or began working at the campus in 2000. Special guests included State Senator Jim Rosapepe, former Executive Director Donna Mason and Ms. Patricia Davis, resident member of the Riderwood Board of Directors. Doug Franchot, a resident, presented a proclamation on behalf of Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot. Chip Warner is the Executive Director of Riderwood. “It’s...

Riderwood Awards 65 Collegiate Scholarships to Employees

Apr 25, 2015
Silver Spring, MD —Riderwood honored sixty-five (65) employees who received collegiate scholarships at an awards reception on April 21. This year, the Riderwood Scholarship Program provided three high school students with $8,000 to be used over a period of four years ($1,000 per semester) and sixty-two recipients with $1,000 each semester for one year. The program, funded mainly by resident contributions, raised nearly $193,000 in its spring campaign, according to Fiona Divecha, Philanthropy Manager for the Erickson Living retirement community. This year’s theme was Their Future is in Our Hands/Our Future is in Their Hands. The Riderwood Scholarship Committee selected...

Hats Off to Resident Volunteers of Riderwood!

Apr 20, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— National Volunteer Appreciation Week is dedicated to saying “thank you” to millions of volunteers across the nation. On Friday, April 17, employees of Riderwood went a step further with a tip of the cap to its resident volunteers. These residents of the Erickson Living retirement community were the guests of honor at a Hats Off to Our Volunteers luncheon, enjoying buffet stations, a photo booth and a special song & dance performance by an employee group nicknamed the Riderwood Rockettes. Eight hundred residents are enrolled in the Volunteer Program of Riderwood, contributing nearly 109,000 hours of service...

Honor and Praise: Riderwood to Host U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet on May 27

Apr 16, 2015
Silver Spring, MD —Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet for a special concert to celebrate Armed Forces Day. The concert will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm in the Encore Theater (Lakeside Commons Clubhouse). Sponsored by the resident-led Veterans Legacy Group, the event is free and open to the public. The musical tribute will also provide attendees with the opportunity to reflect upon and honor the women and men who voluntarily serve our nation in the military. Formed in October, 1999, the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet has shared its...

Riderwood’s Piano Club Takes Lead of Irving Berlin

Mar 18, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD—In 1915, American composer Irving Berlin put his passion for the ivories into lyrics with “I Love a Piano.” A century later, his song serves as the opening anthem for members of the resident-led Piano Club of Riderwood at their monthly meetings. The group, one of the newer clubs at the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, invites enthusiasts to celebrate their love of the piano through music and story-telling. Elizabeth White moved to Riderwood nearly nine years ago from Bowie. A classically-trained pianist and teacher who attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the...

Riderwood’s Extended Care Neighborhood Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Mar 9, 2015

Silver Spring, MD--The extended care neighborhood of Riderwood has received the highest overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at .

Created by the publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, the Best Nursing Homes 2015 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. The goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of quality care.

To create Best Nursing Homes 2015, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home...

Riderwood Lions Club Lives the Mission With Help From Its Friends

Feb 19, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD—Eight years ago, the Riderwood Lions Club began a service project to support Shepherd’s Table, the nonprofit organization in Silver Spring devoted to helping the homeless.

That first year, residents of the Erickson Living retirement community collected thirty-seven shoe boxes filled with donated items for Shepherd’s Table.

In 2014, that number climbed to 552 full-size storage containers. On Friday, February 13, resident members of the Riderwood Lions Club were honored for their efforts by the retirement community’s leadership during a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

“Whether it’s collecting school supplies, eye glasses or, in this case, clothes...