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.

Bill Lowell smiles warmly from his apartment. He wears a blue collared shirt and has a beard. There is a painting on the wall and a lamp behind him.

In 1968, Riderwood resident Bill Lowell took an opportunity to support the civil rights movement by organizing a program in his Maryland neighborhood called “Guess Who’s Coming to Colesville: Dialogues in Black and White.” The program brought together people from 11 different Christian congregations for weekly meetings to discuss different

Amy Greenwood stands next to a life-size cutout of herself. Amy is wearing a black t shirt saying "Black Lives Matter" with white pants. Her cutout is wearing a brown suit and a scarf.

In 2014, Amy Greenwood and her husband Glenn decided to relocate from Chicago to the Baltimore area to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. They took the search for a retirement community seriously and did their research before settling on Riderwood, an Erickson Living-managed community in Silver Spring, Md. 

Shirley Dearfield has lived at Riderwood for 15 years and is as active as ever. She volunteers in the on-site TV studio, serves on several committees, and helps to organize parties for her neighbors.

Silver Spring residents Shirley Dearfield and her husband Aber moved to Riderwood in 2005. After nearly 15 years at the community, Shirley is just as active as ever. In fact, her vibrancy is inspiring.