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New Fitness Center at Riderwood Gives Residents a Jump Start on the Holidays

Dec 12, 2014

SILVER SPRING, MD—As the holidays approach chock full of home-cooked dinners and sweet treats, staying in shape is a seasonal challenge that leads to many new year’s resolutions.

This year, residents of Riderwood have a leg up in burning off those extra calories.

On November 20th, the Erickson Living retirement community cut the ribbon for its third fitness center, this one located in the Montgomery Station clubhouse.

The studio features the latest in cardio equipment, including NuSteps, treadmills and an elliptical. Strength training is also included with chest press, lat pulldown, leg extension and leg curl machines...

Achieving Something New with Riderwood’s Art of Ceramics Class

Nov 25, 2014
SILVER SPRING—They came to Riderwood from all walks of life--designers, writers, scientists, teachers and more, but a creative endeavor brought them together. About twenty residents of the Erickson Living retirement community are in the Art of Ceramics class, and on November 11th, their work was displayed at the group’s 2nd Annual Exhibition 2014. One of those residents is Dorothy Liddel. The former professor of nursing from Bethesda joined the group as a novice working with the medium of clay. But through weekly class attendance and practice, her pieces were among the colorful plates, bowls, lamp stands, mirrors and other unique...

Erickson Living Goes “Tech-Savvy” with New Digital App

Nov 14, 2014

Research reflects that seniors today are becoming more connected than ever, and have a strong interest in digital technologies and applications that can easily connect them with community services and programs. Based on this understanding, Erickson Living has established a proprietary app, called MyErickson . The free app is currently available for download at pilot locations ( Charlestown and Riderwood) for participating residents and their families, prospects and staff at Google Play and iTunes. The integrated digital platform that supports all of the app features is called EricksonNow. After the conclusion of the pilot period the...

Riderwood Residents Have "Natitude!"

Sep 10, 2014

SILVER SPRING, MD---When Mary Jane Phillips was a youngster, rooting for the Washington Senators baseball team was a family affair. With her parents and sister, she would listen to every radio broadcast, pulling for her favorite player, third-baseman Eddie Yost.

Nearly six decades later, Ms. Phillips' dedication to major league baseball in Washington is on full display with her fellow residents at Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring.

In the spring of 2014, Ms. Phillips brought "Natitude" to Riderwood, forming the Washington Nationals Fan Club. The group periodically watches television broadcasts of the Nationals in...

Experiencing Friendship for a Lifetime

Aug 20, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---They were like any  teen-aged girls in high school.  Some loved athletics, others focused on their studies...and boys were the common denominator! That was 1941.  Yet a bond between a group of twelve girls from McKinley Technical High School in Washington, DC created a lifetime of friendship that endures, seventy-three years later. Formally, they started  the Sub Deb Club (SDC) at McKinley, a group for high school girls coming into their own but too early for the formal debutante route.  But through the eyes of Jo Fannon, a resident of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, their connection...

Riderwood Appoints Nicole Walker as Director of Human Resources

Aug 8, 2014
[caption id="attachment_122864" align="aligncenter" width="99"] Nicole Walker, Director of Human Resources at Riderwood[/caption]

SILVER SPRING, MD-- Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Nicole Walker, SPHR, CHHR as the Director of Human Resources. Ms. Walker has served as an administrator in Human Resources with Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Riderwood, for fifteen years.  Previously, she has worked at sister communities in Northern Virginia (Ashby Ponds and Greenspring) and Illinois (Sedgebrook). In her leadership position at Riderwood, Ms. Walker will oversee all aspects of the employee experience, from on-boarding to retirement.  She...

Three-Peat a Rare Feat by Riderwood Employee Softball Team

Jul 23, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD--The Riderwood Penguins, the employee softball team of the Silver Spring-based Erickson Living retirement community, accomplished a feat on July 12th that the Miami Heat could not do in this year's NBA Finals: they pulled off a three-peat.  After winning the annual Erickson Living Employee Softball Tournament in 2012 and 2013, Riderwood completed the rare achievement defeating Baltimore's Oak Crest Ostriches 7-6 in extra innings.  The win came in dramatic fashion as George Mishraky's walk-off single scored Kevin Patterson from second base.  It was an exciting day of softball that concluded with a celebration at home plate followed...

Riderwood Appoints Wendy Ferris as Director of General Services

Jul 16, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Wendy Ferris as the Director of General Services. Previously, Mrs. Ferris served as an administrator at Ginger Cove, a retirement community in Annapolis, MD, for eleven years. In her leadership position at Riderwood, Mrs. Ferris will oversee the daily operations of the General Services Department that includes over two hundred employees.  She will coordinate long-range, master planning infrastructure projects such as Riderwood Connect, the implementation of Wi-Fi services throughout the 120-acre campus.  Mrs. Ferris will also work with campus leadership on achieving high resident satisfaction results. Mrs. Ferris...

Riderwood to Host 7th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on August 7st

Jun 19, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host its 7th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on Thursday, August 7th. Open to the public, the five-round competition will be governed in accordance with rules established by the National Mah Jongg League.  Approximately 110 Mah Jongg enthusiasts from the mid-Atlantic participated in the 2013 tourney. Registration will take place at 9:15am with tournament play beginning at 9:45am.  The event will occur in Maryland Hall, located in the Montgomery Station Clubhouse of Riderwood (3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904). The event is a fundraiser for the community's Benevolent Care Fund. A...

Riderwood to Host Symposium on Preventing Fraud Against Seniors on July 25th

Jun 17, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---It is said often that knowledge is power.  Nothing could be truer when it comes to protecting yourself versus scams and fraudulent behavior.  Sadly, lawbreakers often target seniors and other "vulnerable adults" in crimes ranging from telemarketing scams to identity theft. With the proper awareness and education, though, the tools exist for you to safeguard your loved ones and assets from these crimes. That is why Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, is hosting the Symposium on Preventing Fraud Against Seniors on Friday, July 25th from 10am-3pm.  This free event will take place in Maryland Hall (Montgomery Station...