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Riderwood Recognized in Top 20 of Healthiest Employers in Greater Washington

Aug 21, 2015
Silver Spring, MD—Riderwood was named as one of the Healthiest Employers in Greater Washington for 2015 in an annual competition sponsored by the Washington Business Journal . The awards reception was held on August 13 in Crystal City, Virginia. Sarah Jenkins, MSN, MPH, CRNP, the Nurse Practitioner for the Employee Health & Wellness Center, represented the Erickson Living retirement community at the ceremony. “This recognition affirms the continuous efforts being made to create a culture of wellness that is valued by employees of Riderwood,” stated Ms. Jenkins. “It’s also a celebration of life-changing stories that we hope to...

Record-Setting Participation Highlights 2015 Mah Jongg Tourney at Riderwood

Aug 17, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD—Enthusiasts traveled from as far as Pennsylvania to make the 8th Annual Riderwood Mah Jongg Tournament a record-setting event. All told, 148 players entered the five-round competition at the Erickson Living retirement community on August 13. It was the largest field in the history of the competition. For Barbara Breit, a resident of Riderwood, the tournament’s popularity is no surprise. “Mah Jongg is a very challenging game because every hand is unique,” stated Ms. Breit. “And on this yearly occasion, residents and friends simply enjoy spending time together in a relaxed setting at Riderwood.” Governed in accordance with...

Riderwood to Host 8th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on August 13th

Jul 16, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD—Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host its 8th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on Thursday, August 13. Open to the public, the five-round competition will be governed in accordance with rules established by the National Mah Jongg League. More than 112 Mah Jongg enthusiasts from the mid-Atlantic participated in the 2014 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 (3120 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904). The event is a fundraiser for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund...

What “Repairing the World” Means to One Riderwood Couple

Jun 29, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— The Hebrew phrase “Tikkun Olam” translated means “repair the world.” The thought can be overwhelming, but for Lew and Judy Priven, residents of Riderwood retirement community, it provided inspiration to act. In 2007, they joined the American Jewish World Service Volunteer Corps. Their initial three-month assignment took them nearly 7,300 miles away to Kampala, Uganda in East Africa to work with Meeting Point Kampala Kyamusa Obwongo (Meeting Point). Founded in 1992, the mission of Meeting Point is “In Fight for the Dignity of the Person” by developing the human potential of children, youth, and women infected and...

Riderwood to Host A Feast for the Eyes III, an Artwork Showcase

Jun 22, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD— The celebration of art holds a special place for residents of Riderwood, the Erickson Living community. Their creativity and professional-level quality will take center stage during A Feast for the Eyes III, a showcase of original artistry. Thirty-eight residents and employees will display 191 pieces, including paintings, weavings, silk screens, ceramics, sculpture, photography and digital art. Artists will be available during the event to discuss the processes and stories behind their work with attendees. Sponsored by the Riderwood Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the three-day event will take place on the following dates and times: Wednesday, July 22,...

Let’s Move and Riderwood Team to Fight Hunger

Jun 19, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— The summer season is traditionally the most difficult time for food banks across the nation to stock their pantries. While the need to serve their clients still exists, the focus of most people is on vacation and leisure activities. The Sales Department of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, teamed with Let’s Move, a Maryland-based senior move management company, to give a boost to the cause. During the week of May 11, they collected canned goods and non-perishable food items, highlighted by a sales event on May 13 that featured downsizing tips and a...

Riderwood Residents Enjoy Next Generation of Theater Talent at Reservoir High School

May 27, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— When residents of Riderwood want to enjoy Broadway-style theater, they have a connection right on its 120-acre campus. They just ask Lori Hamilton, LNHA, Director of Extended Care at the Erickson Living retirement community, when her daughter, Megan, will be performing. Megan, sophomore, was part of the ensemble of the Reservoir High School Theater Arts Department’s spring musical rendition of The Drowsy Chaperone. The Tony-award winning original is a parody of American comedy of the 1920’s with book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison. It debuted in...

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...