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.

Resident Levern Allen is seen here giving a speech at Western Carolina University, where a new dormitory was recently named in her honor. 

In 1957, Levern Allen needed nine credit hours to complete her certification to work as a speech pathologist in North Carolina public schools. She wrote to the state’s Board of Education to find out which universities offered the courses she needed and learned that Western Carolina University (WCU) was offering all the classes in one summer.

Riderwood’s personal moving consultants Diane Thometz and Jennifer Hill say there are several advantages to selling your house during the winter.

Spring is typically regarded as the prime time to sell a house. Winter, on the other hand, has a reputation for being a tough time to sell. But Riderwood’s personal moving consultants, Diane Thometz and Jennifer Hill, say that reputation is undeserved.

Year-round celebrations—both large and small—are easy at Riderwood because of the community's many venues and full-service dining and catering departments.

As much fun as it is to throw a party or prepare a big holiday meal for loved ones, all of that cleaning, planning, grocery shopping, and cooking can have you thinking “Bah humbug!” whatever the season or occasion.