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When you talk to Barbara Davenport, you will quickly realize you are speaking to a person who embraces life, unafraid to try new things. 

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A little more than 20 years ago, John and Clare Murtha retired from their careers and built a single-story house in La Plata, Md., where they planned to relax in their golden years. That house suited them for a couple of decades, but in recent years, maintaining the property became a burden.

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Jim and Jan Hall haven’t lived through a cold winter in more than 40 years. The couple moved to Laguna Beach in Orange County, Calif., in 1969, where they lived in a large two-story house until last year. That’s when they decided to move across the country to be closer to their son, who lives in Washington, D.C. 

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Peggy Zee worked as an artist for more than 20 years. She earned a degree in art from the University of Arkansas and focused on printmaking. From there, Peggy went to the Chicago Teacher’s College, where she found her way into silk screening. 

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Until last September, Judy Wax lived alone in a large family house in Silver Spring, Md. After suffering two major falls, one on the stairs and one in the driveway on the way to her car, she decided that a big house with stairs was no longer the right choice for her.

Riderwood residents

For the last few years, Jean Rhodes wanted to move to an independent living retirement community. But, her husband Lew was reluctant to sell their Wheaton, Md., house and make the move. Lew says it was fear that downsizing would be overwhelming that was holding him back.

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Among the members of Riderwood’s resident-run arts committee is one former Washington, D.C., art professional with an exceptionally impressive resume. Andrea Nicolls was the curator at the National Museum of African Art, one of the Smithsonian Institute museums. 

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Won Yin has spent much of her life with her hands in wet clay. 

She has loved making ceramics since she was young. She earned her master’s degree with a concentration in ceramics, and she turned her passion into a career by teaching ceramics and other art subjects.