A woman in a peach pink shirt smiles next to a man in dark blue button down shirt.

It’s been many years since Riderwood residents Bob and Elaine Tiller boarded an overnight train from Chicago to Alabama to join in protest marches for voting rights of African Americans. Yet, the memories from those few days in 1965 are still vivid in their minds.

A rendering of Lakeside Commons, the latest space to undergo renovation at Riderwood, the Erickson Living-developed community in Silver Spring, Md.

Riderwood opened nearly 20 years ago, back in 2000. With that longevity comes stability, rich history, and a proven track record. But, of course, there’s a certain appeal to freshly decorated spaces. That’s why Riderwood’s management team has made it a priority to periodically renovate common areas on campus. 

Earlier this year, Alphonso Westley became associate executive director at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md.

Earlier this year, retirement living industry veteran Alphonso Westley joined Riderwood’s leadership team as the Erickson Living community’s associate executive director. 

Mary Chor is seen here, tending to four garden plots at Riderwood.

For the last 10 years of her career, Mary Chor worked at the United States Botanic Garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. She worked in the education department and ran the volunteer program.

“When I was there, my primary focus was public education about how plants are important to humans and the impact humans are having on plants,” Mary says. 

Almeda Girod has always loved cycling and now rides her bike on Riderwood’s picturesque, 120-acre campus.

If you’re familiar with Silver Spring, Md., chances are you’re probably familiar with Almeda Girod. Almeda rides her bicycle around the community where she lives but also to local shopping centers and around town.

Marge Steffans smiles in front of the pond at Riderwood, featuring a fountain that some ducks swim past.

Marge Steffens has always had an appreciation for the outdoors and nature. She was a master gardener and has been an avid bird-watcher for many years. She also cares deeply about the environment and sustainability.

“I’m a strong environmentalist and have been for most of my life,” she says. “I am interested in habitat and species protection.”

Guillermo Olivos, in a decorative white top and black pants, danced a rumba with staff member Hamida Majili, in a sparkling red dress, at the annual "Riderwood’s Got Talent" show.

Guillermo Olivos will turn 90 this month, but retirement is hardly on his radar. In fact, he still works as a psychiatrist.

“When I reached 80, I decided I should go part-time,” he says with a laugh. “When you enjoy what you are doing, it is hard to stop.”

The Riderwood Health Forum hosts speakers on a variety of topics related to health and medicine. Group organizer Jackie Michels (left) stands with residents Marge and Chuck Pulfrey who discussed their volunteer work with the Red Cross.

People who live at Riderwood have the upper hand when it comes to health.

Sales Manager Ryan Fitzwater says many people find that the cost of living at Riderwood is comparable to—or even cheaper than—their house or condo.

Financial security is one of the cornerstones of a fulfilling retirement. That’s why Riderwood’s management team works so hard to provide good financial value to residents and help them protect the investments they’ve built over their lifetimes.