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.

Riderwood’s new wellness center will feature a pool; hot tub; state-of-the-art fitness equipment; a green roof; and multipurpose rooms for personal training, table tennis, pickleball, and more.

Physical fitness is very important to many Riderwood community members. Staying in good shape helps them live their retirement to the fullest and enjoy their families, friends, travel, hobbies, and everything Riderwood has to offer. 

Riderwood resident Sharon MacInnes is on the board of the National Genealogical Society and frequently speaks about genealogical research. Now, she is teaching a Lifelong Learning class on genealogy for her neighbors at Riderwood.

Sharon MacInnes took an interest in history when she was in high school. Then, her love of history turned to an interest in genealogical research.

“I started asking questions like, ‘Where does our family fit in all of this history?’ and that started a lifelong passion for me,” she says.

Dave and Toko Ackerman have remained activists over the years, and in 2017 they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., in support of equality for people of color. Dave Ackerman is pictured far left, and Toko Ackerman is centered.

It’s been more than half a century since thousands of Americans descended on Selma, Ala., to march in support of voting rights for African American citizens. But for the people who lived through those history-making days in March 1965, the memories are vivid.

Trudy Downs is one of the many tech-savvy retirees living at Riderwood. She is the vice president of the resident-run computer club and also provides iPhone and iPad tutoring for her neighbors.

These days, young people aren’t the only ones using technology to stay connected and make their lives easier. In fact, people age 65 and older are embracing technology more than ever. 

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.