Personal Moving Consultant  Diane Thometz says home sellers can get a jump on the spring real estate market by listing their houses in March.

If you’re hoping to sell your house in the spring, what can you do now to prepare for your move? Riderwood Personal Moving Consultants Diane Thometz and Jennifer Hill say the colder months are the perfect time to begin downsizing projects—which will make your moving process much easier.

Riderwood residents and staff joined in a traditional New Orleans second line, following a local jazz ensemble. (From left) staff members Amanda Hixenbaugh, Sheena Lewis, Vikki Reyes-Spriggs, and Beverly Jackson.

Good times were rolling at Riderwood when about 225 residents and staff members gathered for the community’s annual Benevolent Care Fund gala, which raises money to assist community members who outlive their financial assets (all the details are in the Residence and Care Agreement).

Riderwood community member Kate Finan is retired from her career but continues to contribute both on and off campus as an active volunteer.

Kate Finan officially retired about six years ago. For more than 20 years, she worked as a daily money manager for older adults, helping them sort their mail, pay bills, balance their checkbooks, and manage Medicare or secondary insurance issues. She also made sure her clients had a will, power of attorney, and advance directives.

George Mishraky has worked in Riderwood’s sales office for nine years and was promoted to director of sales earlier this year.

George Mishraky has been working in Riderwood’s sales office for nine years, and earlier this year he became the director of sales. In his new role, Mishraky oversees a team of nine people and all of the activities of the sales department, which helps prospective residents make informed choices about their retirement living.

Riderwood Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Hill (left) and Senior Move Manager Yvonne Quade of preferred vendor Let’s Move meet with Riderwood priority list members in their houses.

Most people use a real estate agent and moving company when they move. But not everyone has a personal moving consultant by their side to help them find the right professionals, decide what furniture to take, and plan every detail of their move. 

Olivia Mellan Shapiro conducted groundbreaking work in the field of money psychology. She moved to Riderwood in 2017 and just retired earlier this year.

Riderwood resident Olivia Mellan Shapiro is a groundbreaker in the field of money psychology and conflict resolution. A native New Yorker, Olivia was working as a psychotherapist in the early 1980s. She was preparing for a speaking event with a friend who was a lawyer, and she asked him what he thought the public needed to learn about.

Riderwood’s Town Center lobby was recently updated as part of management’s ongoing commitment to provide current and future residents with a beautiful, well-designed community.

Riderwood opened 18 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. 

Lou Ferguson is one of the recently elected members of Riderwood’s Resident Advisory Council, which works closely with staff to facilitate communication with community members.

Earlier this year, Riderwood held elections to select new members of the Resident Advisory Council (RAC), an important and influential committee that serves as a liaison between the staff departments and community members. One of the newly elected council members is Lou Ferguson.

One of the clubs Carol Hock learned about during her personal tour of Seabrook was the community’s Not Just Knitting and Crocheting Club. Crocheting is just one of Carol’s many artistic talents.

When Carol Hock felt ready to let go of home maintenance, cooking and eating alone, and worrying if another bad winter was on the horizon, she wasted no time. The first thing she did was take a personal tour of Seabrook, the Erickson Living continuing care retirement community in Tinton Falls, N.J.