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Fitness Is the Fuel for an Active Lifestyle at Riderwood

Feb 13, 2014
[caption id="attachment_101528" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Riderwood Wellness Coordinator & Certified Personal Trainer Tracy Fowlkes teaches a group class to residents at the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring.[/caption] SILVER SPRING, MD---Frigid winter months can make those enthusiastic New Year's resolutions to get in shape seem like a distant memory.  But with the right mindset, those fitness promises are the most manageable to keep, states Tracy Fowlkes.  She serves as a Wellness Coordinator and Certified Personal Trainer at Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, MD. "There are many perceived obstacles to beginning a fitness regimen...

Beautiful Designs, Family Stories Highlight African-American Quilt Show at Riderwood

Feb 12, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Some were passed from generation to generation, while others were recently made.  But there was a meaningful story behind each of them. Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, hosted an African-American Quilt Show on February 11th in the Chesapeake Room.  The event was sponsored by the resident-led Riderwood Quilt Club and the African-American History Club. The showcase featured eighteen quilts contributed by residents.  The quilts utilized African fabric and/or were inspired by African-American history.  Dorothy Sojourner, a resident, displayed a colorful nylon quilt measuring approximately 76" x 92" that she received from the family of her husband in...

Riderwood to Host African-American History Quilt Show

Jan 18, 2014
[caption id="attachment_94153" align="aligncenter" width="224"] This resident's quilt will be on display at the African American Quilt Show at Riderwood on February 11th.[/caption] SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host an African-American Quilt Show on February 11th from 11am-3pm.  The event is sponsored by the resident-led Riderwood Quilt Club and the African American History Club. The showcase will feature quilts utilizing African fabric and/or are inspired by African-American history.  Quilts from the past as well as new creations from residents of Riderwood will be on display. Residents will be available to speak to the design...

Real Life Mystery Investigation for Riderwood's Nancy Burton

Jan 17, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---As Nancy Burton traced the genealogy of her family, she noted it was like gathering and deciphering evidence to solve a real-life mystery. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Ms. Burton shed light on the process of searching into the past of three families---the Burtons, the Lees and the Smiths---whose collective journeys are the foundation of her modern day family. Like an investigator in a television drama, Ms. Burton utilized all means at her disposal to learn about her relatives: DNA testing, U.S. Census data documents, photographs, the internet and oral history accounts. Ms. Burton provided those results...

Riderwood Residents Contribute Over $384,000 to Hourly Staff for Answering the Call of Service

Dec 17, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Whether it's lending a hand with a project or serving a meal in one of the campus restaurants, the hourly employees of Riderwood retirement community are "here whenever we need them," according to resident Pat Davis. It is their service and dedication that residents recognize through the Erickson Living community's Staff Appreciation Fund.  The 2013 campaign, held October 21st-November 8th, raised $384,819; this amount represented gifts from more than 1,800 individuals. On December 10th, 1,143 hourly employees received distributions from the fund, less taxes, at scheduled times throughout the campus.   Ms. Davis co-chaired the Staff Appreciation Fund...

Erickson Advantage® Receives Top National Rankings

Nov 19, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD - Erickson Living, developer and manager of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, announced today that its health plan, Erickson Advantage®, has received a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 Medicare Advantage (MA) health plan rating of 5-stars for Part C, and 4.5-stars for Parts C and D combined. The Part C 5-star rating is the highest rating a Medicare health plan can receive for quality in five categories: staying healthy, managing chronic conditions, ratings of responsiveness and care, complaints and appeals, and health plan customer service.  A 5-star rating is considered exceptional. Other CMS 2014...

Riderwood Resident Goes Beyond Panda Cam at National Zoo

Nov 18, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---When she was a young girl visiting her grandparents' house in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Marilyn Doherty was warned about rattlesnakes. Decades later, she would help to hold a 19-foot, 20-year old anaconda as part of her duties at the National Zoo. Ms. Doherty, 84, is a resident of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring.  Her days are filled with volunteer activities, but her bi-weekly visits to the Reptile Discovery Center expose her sense of adventure. She made a career as a middle school teacher in Long Island, New York, and raised a...

Riderwood's Veterans Expo Says Thanks, Lends Resources to Veterans

Nov 11, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD--Veterans Day provides Americans with the opportunity to say "thank you" to men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces. At Riderwood, a new event reached out to the surrounding community to express the mutual and heartfelt appreciation for these heroes. On Friday, November 8th, Riderwood hosted its first Veteran Day Expo to commemorate the sacrifices of veterans and provide resources to them and their families. Along with residents from Riderwood, members of local military service organizations such as the College Park & Beltsville VFW and Greenbelt American Legion attended as well as officials...

Riderwood to Kick-Off Weekend with Veterans Expo on Friday, November 8th

Nov 5, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD--Veterans Day provides Americans with the opportunity to say "thank you" to men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces. At Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, a new event will reach out to the surrounding area to express our mutual and heartfelt appreciation. On Friday, November 8th, Riderwood will host its first Veteran Day Expo to commemorate the sacrifices of veterans and provide information to them and their families. With residents from Riderwood, members of local military service organizations have been invited, and the event is open to the public. Additionally, students from...

Riderwood's Peace Oke Earns Director of Nursing Honors

Oct 22, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Peace Oke, the Director of Nursing at Riderwood retirement community, earned honors from the Maryland chapter of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA). Ms. Oke received the Director of Nursing of the Year Award for 2013 by the industry group at a breakfast ceremony held on October 17th at Charlestown, an Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, MD.  Ms. Oke was one of ten employees of the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood recognized at the event. The following geriatric nursing assistants received the Compassion In Caring Award:  Zita Bayrd, Faithlyn Benjamin, Fatou Cham, Andrea Flores, Carmen...