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Enjoying the present, planning for the future

Riderwood proves to be the perfect fit for former Colesville couple

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April 5th, 2017
Barbara and David Young moved from Leisure World to Riderwood last year.

Barbara and David Young moved from Leisure World to Riderwood last year.

Barbara and David Young lived for 30 years in Colesville, Md. For their retirement, they decided to move to Leisure World, an age-restricted community in Montgomery County. They liked living at Leisure World, found it to be very inexpensive and convenient, and particularly enjoyed walking around the golf course in the evenings. But as they got older, they were increasingly disinclined to drive at night and reluctant to ask their granchildren to shop for groceries. They recognized that a different type of retirement community that offered more of a support system would be ideal for them. After 16 years at Leisure World, the Youngs moved to Riderwood in January 2016.

“We really felt we would eventually need more help than we could get at Leisure World, and didn’t want to become isolated there,”Barbara says. “We looked around, both locally and in Charlotte, N.C., where our younger son and his family live, and decided Riderwood was the right move to make.”

Convenience all around

Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, offers amenities such as on-site fitness centers, an indoor aquatics center, medical center, pharmacy, bank, convenience stores, and a salon an spa, which make life much more convenient for the people who live there. Plus, the community is staffed with around-the-clock security, which gives residents and their families peace of mind. 

The process of moving to Riderwood wasn’t difficult for Barbara and David. They took advantage of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a special program that offers complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional. 

The Youngs worked directly with Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Hill, who connected them with Let’s Move, a full-service moving and downsizing company. Let’s Move helped Barbara and David with both packing and unpacking their belongings, and David says the company did “a fine job, especially in the kitchen, where they even put notes on the drawers and cupboard doors indicating their contents.”

“We had figured out where the heavy things were going to go, and they were [placed] where they were supposed to be on the day we moved in,” he says. “All we had to do was hang a few pictures and arrange our knick-knacks.”

Suitable space

At Riderwood, Barbara and David selected a Jackson-style apartment home, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Their home at Leisure World was a bit larger, but the couple says their space suits their needs. 

“You reorganize a little bit, but everything we need is here,” David says. 

While all of the apartment homes at Riderwood have full kitchens, one of the perks of living at the community is access to six on-site restaurants. That means residents no longer have to worry about grocery shopping, cooking, or cleaning up after main meals.

“We usually go down to one of the restaurants for dinner,” David says. 

The Youngs have been enjoying getting to know their new neighbors since they moved to Riderwood. They play bridge in the clubhouse twice a week, and David plays pinochle and cribbage.

Barbara eagerly anticipates enrolling in continuing education classes offered on site at Riderwood in partnership with Prince George’s Community College. 

The Youngs have four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandkids. Barbara says the kids are happy that Mom and Dad are settled at Riderwood.