Riderwood Executive Director Gary Hibbs is seen here on the community television, wearing a red plaid shirt.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., the staff at Riderwood reacted nimbly, quickly making changes to keep residents safe, comfortable, and healthy while stay-at-home directives were in place.

Riderwood Sales Counselor Debbie Brumbach says people have continued to join the priority list, reserve apartment homes, and move to the community throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the first and most beneficial steps people often take on their journey to moving to Riderwood is joining the community’s priority list, which is a preferred membership to secure a position for an apartment home.

Jo Paoletti loves her apartment home’s spacious eat-in kitchen. She's seen here enjoying a cup of coffee while looking out her kitchen window.

Find your dream apartment floor plan at the Riderwood community

When it comes to selecting an apartment home at Riderwood, community members can choose from among a variety of spacious one- and two-bedroom units.

Trudy Downs, Elaine Wunderlich, Patricia Hamsher, and Ellen Schmidt used Zoom instead of gathering in person for their weekly wine and cheese get-togethers at Riderwood.

Decisive action at Riderwood puts residents at ease

When stay-at-home orders were enacted around the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic, simple things like buying toilet paper, getting exercise, and staying in touch with loved ones became difficult.

Dolores and Ed Wachtman moved to Riderwood about five years ago and are very active in the community’s Lion’s Club.

You don’t have to look very hard to find something interesting and fun to do at Riderwood. Every day is full of opportunities, whether it be a club meeting, an educational seminar, a happy hour, or a live musical performance.

Dr. Lynne Diggs, who is seen in her headshot here smiling and wearing a top colored with brown and red earth tones, became medical director at Riderwood in 2019.

Dr. Lynne Diggs operated her own primary care medical practice in the Silver Spring/Kensington, Md., area for 16 years. In 2019, she decided to close her practice to become the medical director at Riderwood, the Erickson Living-managed community in Silver Spring, Md. 

Nancy Pawliger is the immediate past chair of the continuing education committee.

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’d love to learn more about opera,” or “When I retire, I’ll finally become fluent in Italian”? Learning new things and mastering new skills is a rewarding experience, but making the time to actually do it can be a challenge.

Hannah Spalding runs a club at Riderwood called Genealogy Through Technology. It's one of two groups on campus focused on genealogical research. She is pictured here with her husband Bernard.

Hannah Spalding first took a serious interest in genealogy back in the 1980s after her first cousin gave her a copy of all of the research she had done on their family’s Irish ancestors during a State Department tour in Paris. Around the same time, Hannah and her husband Bernard attended a reunion of his large southern Maryland family.

Residents and staff gathered earlier this year to celebrate the grand opening of the Blue Heron Pub, Riderwood’s newest on-site restaurant.

The people who live at Riderwood often say that one of the best things about life at the community is that they no longer have to spend so much time grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning.