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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...

Riderwood's Village Protestant Church Celebrates Ten Years of Service

Jun 10, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---The Village Protestant Church of Riderwood retirement community celebrated ten years of weekly worship in the Chapel on Sunday, June 1st. The congregation held a special 11am service in the Riderwood Chapel followed by a reception at 3pm that combined fellowship and nostalgia. Don Hawkins, a former College Park resident who moved to Riderwood in 2003, serves on the Village Protestant Church Council and the Church Life Committee. "The spiritual element is an important aspect of retirement, and Riderwood provides residents of all faiths the opportunity to worship," noted Mr. Hawkins.  "We are blessed with a beautiful Chapel...

Riderwood Appoints Chandra Kumar as Associate Executive Director

May 27, 2014
[caption id="attachment_117045" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Chandra Kumar, Associate Executive Director at Riderwood[/caption] SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, appointed Chandra Kumar as Associate Executive Director. Ms. Kumar brings over eighteen years of experience in the senior living industry to Riderwood.  Previously, she served as Administrator for Friends House, a continuing care retirement community in Sandy Spring, Maryland, as well as Vice President for Amertel Communication.  Ms. Kumar also served as Health Care Administrator and Assisted Living Manager for Marriott Senior Living Services and its successor, Sunrise Senior Living. In her leadership position at Riderwood, she will oversee...

Riderwood EMS Team Receives Star of Life Award in Geriatrics

May 23, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, received the Star of Life Award in Geriatrics from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). The state agency's presentation to the Riderwood Emergency Medical Services team was held on May 21st at the Miller Senator Office Building in Annapolis. The recognition was given "for providing high quality care for Maryland's geriatric population through effective institutional policies, outreach in the community, health & well-being and training staff in administering basic first aid." Anthony Fowler, Senior Services Manager for Security, and Steven Hoffman, Senior EMS Paramedic, attended the ceremony. "On behalf...