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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....

Trading Winter Weather Predictions with WJLA News 7 Meteorologist Eileen Whelan

Jan 5, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD--Back in the fall, many weather prognosticators called for a cold, snowy winter in the mid-Atlantic. Through early January, however, less than an inch of snow had accumulated at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport!

Predicting the weather is a dynamic challenge in this region, even for the experts. That’s why it was so informative to host WJLA News 7 (ABC) meteorologist & weather producer Eileen Whelan on December 3rd.

During her visit to Riderwood, Eileen talked about the science of forecasting and the challenge of “doing the weather” for local television newscasts & websites. She...

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...