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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...

Riderwood Goes Red for Women

Feb 10, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD—As a retired nurse educator from the University of District of Columbia, Barbara Baskerville knows that health awareness saves lives.

“Being informed about your health is a powerful tool,” stated Ms. Baskerville, a resident of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring who served twenty-one years as a nurse in the U.S. Army, both in active duty and the reserves. She is currently a member of the Resident Advisory Council, serving as its Liaison to the Medical Center.

That is why she enlisted the support of her fellow members of Riderwood’s resident-led African-American History Club to spearhead...

Riderwood Appoints Christopher Leinauer as Associate Executive Director

Feb 2, 2015
SILVER SPRING, MD—Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, appointed Christopher Leinauer as Associate Executive Director. Mr. Leinauer brings over eleven years of experience in the senior living industry to Riderwood, primarily under the umbrella of Brookdale Senior Living. He served as the Director of Finance and Executive Director for the Richmond Place Retirement Community in Lexington, Kentucky. He also held regional leadership roles, including being named Division Director of Financial Operations in both the health care services and continuing retirement community portfolios. As an Associate Executive Director at Riderwood, he will focus on the customer experience for 2,500 residents and...

Pat Davis Selected as Resident Member of Riderwood Village, Inc. Board of Directors

Jan 20, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD—Patricia Davis has been selected as the Resident Member of the Board of Directors for Riderwood Village, Inc., the governing body for the Erickson Living retirement community located in Silver Spring.

A resident of Riderwood since 2006, Ms. Davis has taken several leadership roles at the community. A former member and chair of the Resident Advisory Council, she served on the Finance, Long-Range Planning, Philanthropy and Staff Appreciation Committees and as a host and writer for Riderwood Television, the in-house multi-media communications platform. She continues to serve as a resident ambassador for the Sales and Marketing Department....