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Everything you love about home, without the hassles

Couple enjoys an expanded lifestyle since moving to Riderwood

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October 22nd, 2013
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David and Mae Dillon were living in Gaithersburg, Md., when they started looking at retirement communities for David s parents. The Dillons helped David s parents select a retirement community, and in the process, they also found a new home for themselves. We began to see some of the advantages for ourselves, Mae says. So we started to visit some communities near us.

A welcome change

In June 2012, David and Mae moved to. target="_blank">Riderwood in Silver Spring. The Erickson Living community features five on-site restaurants where most residents have dinner each night. Residents monthly service packages include all maintenance on their apartment homes, which means that the 2,600 people living at Riderwood have more time for the activities they truly enjoy. We were tired of keeping up the gardens and the lawn, and I was tired of cooking, so this is a nice change, Mae says. The Dillons chose a Manchester-style apartment home a spacious floor plan with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of their favorite aspects of their Riderwood apartment is the bright enclosed sun porch that Mae, a former school teacher and guidance counselor, and David, a retired engineer who developed prototype equipment for the U.S. Navy, both share as a home office. The Dillons were able to bring most of their furniture from their old house, where they had lived for 42 years, to Riderwood, which makes the space feel like home to them as well as to their four children and seven grandchildren. As our kids each came into our apartment home, they would say, Wow, this is nice, Mae says. Then they would say, It s the same because we have the same furniture.

Make new friends and keep the old ones

David and Mae have been active in their church for many years, and they are only a short drive away from it now that they live at Riderwood, which makes it convenient to remain involved. And they have found a number of new activities that match their interests at Riderwood. David belongs to the computer club, where he lends his technical skills to help his neighbors troubleshoot their computers and is learning how to maintain websites. He also spends time in Riderwood s woodshop, which is equipped with state-of-the-art saws and an array of hand tools that hobbyists can use to work on their own projects or collaborate on new ones. It s bigger than most hardware stores, David says of the woodshop he can now call his own. He was having withdrawal from his tools and things, so it was good for him to discover the woodshop here, Mae adds. Mae has joined an active group of Riderwood retirees who volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. To get to know her neighbors while also getting some exercise, Mae plays table tennis in the clubhouses.

People here are very thoughtful

Evenings are a great opportunity for the Dillons to catch up with their friends at Riderwood. Most residents eat dinner at one of the on-site restaurants, which serve a total of 25 different entr es each night. Our biggest problem here is that the food is so good we have to be careful not to gain weight, Mae jokes. David and Mae agree that the best part about living at Riderwood is the sense of community among neighbors. David says it didn t take him long to realize how supportive his neighbors are of one another whether they are welcoming a new resident to join an established group for dinner or rallying around someone who has recently lost a spouse. People here are very thoughtful, and they really watch out for each other, Mae says.

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