Ara Ayuk celebrates in her robes after graduation. With the help of the company’s tuition reimbursement program, she recently earned a master’s in nursing leadership and management from the University of Maryland.

Many companies pay lip service to the notion of “investing in employees.” But Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., actually “walks the walk” by offering a tuition reimbursement program.

Ruth Horlick, who lives at Riderwood, took this photo of graffiti in Chicago. Red, green, yellow and blue shapes cover a white background.

Ruth Horlick developed an interest in photography during her extensive travels in Europe. Her late husband Max traveled frequently for work, and Ruth would accompany him, snapping photos in distant cities while he attended meetings.

Carmen Maymi smiles from behind her glasses

In February, 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 Carmen Maymi, who moved to Riderwood about three and a half years ago.

Jane Cyphers (far right) is one of the organizers of Riderwood’s Coupon Cutters.

Riderwood offers community members all kinds of opportunities to give back by volunteering. There are volunteers who offer their time inside the community, such as residents who visit their neighbors at the on-site continuing care health services neighborhood.

Bill Harris is one of the new members elected earlier this year to Riderwood’s Resident Advisory Council.

In February, Riderwood held elections to select new members of the Resident Advisory Council (RAC), an important and influential committee that serves as a liaison between Riderwood’s departments and the people who live at the Silver Spring, Md., Erickson Living community. 

Kathy (right) and Rich (center) Loughlin are pictured here with their daughter, Marie Dixon, who works at the community as an occupational therapist.

Deciding where to live for your retirement is a big decision—there’s no denying that. A lot of information exists about different living options and the many factors to consider. But making this big decision is a little easier when you have all of the facts. 

Frank and Mary Longwell moved to Riderwood from Glen Arm, Md., in 2016.

When Frank and Mary Longwell decided to move to Riderwood, they had quite a unique perspective on the community: Their son, Jason Longwell, was previously Riderwood’s director of sales (he now works for Erickson Living as a regional sales director). 

Bea Rodgers, who lives at Riderwood, continues to work part time as a consultant to two organizations that advocate for people with disabilities.

“I have failed retirement twice,” jokes Bea Rodgers, who resides at Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md.

With an election year now upon us, Riderwood’s resident-run Democratic Club has been busy. Nearly 3,000 active and politically engaged retirees live at the Silver Spring, Md., Erickson Living community and consistently turn up to the polls on Election Day. That’s why candidates make it a priority to schedule campaign trail stops at the community.