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Seven reasons

Why you'll love living at Riderwood

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March 14th, 2018
One of the things that attracted Lorenzo and Ruth Hayes to Riderwood was the maintenance-free lifestyle they now enjoy.

Lorenzo and Ruth Hayes enjoy the maintenance-free lifestyle at Riderwood.

When it comes to your home and your lifestyle in retirement, you probably have a few items on your wish list.

After decades of mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow, maybe maintenance-free living is on the top of your list. Maybe financial security is your No. 1 priority, or perhaps you’re really looking forward to making new friends.

Whatever your goals for your retirement, chances are living at Riderwood will help you achieve them.

While community members have many different reasons for choosing Riderwood, Associate Sales Director George Mishraky says that the following seven priorities are recurring themes.

1. Activities and social life

Riderwood is home to more than 2,000 vibrant and engaged retirees, and there are more than 250 resident-run clubs. From tai chi and tennis to photography and foreign language clubs to singing groups and card clubs, there truly is something for everyone at Riderwood.

Judy Brown is a long-time gardener, and she’s able to continue her hobby at Riderwood, where residents can tend to their own spaces in a communal garden.

“I brought some plants from my garden at my old house,” she says. “I’ve met a lot of avid gardeners here, and that is the nice thing about going down to work at the community garden—you meet interesting people there.”

While residents enjoy privacy in their own apartment homes, when they do want to socialize, they don’t have to look far to find a friendly face or an interesting conversation.

Community members and staff are known for stopping and chatting in the halls, and residents typically eat dinner in one of the community’s on-site restaurants. People who haven’t made plans to dine with certain neighbors can asked to be seated at an open table where new friendships are typically formed over dinner conversations.

2. Health and wellness

Exercising and eating a balanced diet are important at all stages in life, but particularly so as we get older.

That’s why many people enjoy how easy it is to stay healthy at Riderwood. Nutritious and appetizing meals are available at the on-site restaurants so residents can eat well without the hassles of grocery shopping, cooking, or washing dishes.

With an on-site fitness center, heated indoor pool, dozens of group exercise classes, and personal trainers on staff who can create individualized fitness programs, Riderwood residents are more likely than other older adults to work out.

3. Maintenance-free living

Say goodbye to chores like pulling weeds, troubleshooting a washing machine that’s on the fritz, and deicing slippery sidewalks. All of that—and much more—is handled by Riderwood’s professional maintenance staff.

When residents need help with any task, big or small, in their apartment homes, all they have to do is call the front desk. A repair person will be promptly dispatched to their front door to handle the problem.

“I was doing all of the work at my house—I even did my own lawn care at 85,” says Lorenzo Hayes, who moved to Riderwood from Washington, D.C. “Now I look out the window, and there are people doing the lawn and the removing the leaves, and I say, “Wow, I don’t have to that anymore.’”

4. Safety and security

With 24/7 security and on-site emergency medical services, Riderwood residents never have to worry about their safety. Living at Riderwood also makes traveling during retirement easier because community members know that their homes and possessions will be secure while they’re away.

Marketa and David Ebert are avid travelers, which is one of the reasons they like living at Riderwood.

“It’s really nice; we just go out and lock the door, and that is it,” David says. “We used to worry about are there going to be break-ins or damage from a storm? It’s really nice to know that things are going to be okay when you come back.”

5. Proximity to family

Located in Silver Spring, Md., Riderwood offers convenient access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Many people who move to Riderwood from another state do so to be closer to their adult children who live and work in nearby cities.

Riderwood is also a great place to entertain family and friends. Residents can reserve a private dining room to host a celebration without having to clean the house or hover over the stove, or they can treat their families to a delicious weekend brunch at Riderwood’s on-site restaurants. And grandchildren love splashing in the indoor pool with grandma and grandpa.

6. Diversity

Riderwood is home to people from all walks of life, a range of religious affiliations and political views, and a variety of ethnicities. The opportunity to meet all kinds of different people—and learn from their experiences and opinions—makes living at Riderwood that much richer.

And all residents share one big thing in common: the desire to remain active and engaged, and that creates fertile ground for meaningful friendships to grow.

Peggy Zee is one of several Chinese and Chinese-American people who live at Riderwood. There are about 35 residents who participate in the Chinese Club, which organizes meals and activities to celebrate Chinese culture, art, history, and music. They’ve shared their culture with the broader Riderwood community by putting on performances to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

“I think our club is unique, and we are now used to doing things together and having fun,” Peggy says. “Every year sees an increase in our membership, as our reputation as a club that has fun grows.”

7. Continuing care

Residents who need a higher level of care can rest easy knowing that assisted living, inpatient rehabilitation, memory care, and nursing care are all available on the same 120-acre campus where the independent living residence buildings are located.

What’s more, Riderwood’s commitment to its residents is that they have a “home for life.” The community maintains a Benevolent Care Fund, which is in place to assist people who experience a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation. Riderwood provides several options for people to protect their future (the Residence and Care Agreement has all the details).