Barbara Breit helped to organize a mah-jongg tournament at Riderwood for about 120 people.

Enthusiastic players from around the mid-Atlantic flocked to Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md., over the summer for a lively mah-jongg tournament, which was held on campus in August. 

Above: Employees of Riderwood cooked dinner for families staying at The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health. Below: Riderwood Executive Director Gary Hibbs (center, left) commemorates the renovations at Calverton Fire/EMS Station 841.

It takes a special kind of person to work at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md. Management is dedicated to hiring employees who go above and beyond to serve the people who live at the community. 

Gary Hibbs, who has worked for Erickson Living for more than two decades, recently became executive director at Riderwood.

Earlier this year, Gary Hibbs took the helm at Riderwood as the community’s new executive director. 

Riderwood’s Needlecrafters knit about 1,000 baby blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves every year for charity.

The image of a sweet grandmother sitting in a rocking chair and knitting is definitely an outdated cliché. Sure, there are plenty of women at Riderwood who enjoy knitting, but these inspiring ladies aren’t just whiling away the hours—they are knitting for a cause.

Annette Graubart became a Life Master bridge player after competing in a tournament in Washington, D.C.

Riderwood resident Annette Graubart has been playing bridge since she was in college. She recently competed in a ten-day tournament in Washington, D.C., and earned the coveted status of Life Master bridge player. 

Delphia Dirks has displayed her ornate iconography in Riderwood’s resident art shows.

Delphia Dirks has always counted art as one of her hobbies. Over the years, she’s tried her hand at ceramics, oil painting, and pottery. But when her husband’s work brought the family to Moscow, Russia, Delphia became interested in iconography, an ancient form of ornate painting that depicts religious images. 

King Zee and Glenna Lee (under wraps) play with a lion’s head during a Chinese New Year party at Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md., where they live.

Riderwood’s Chinese club began ten years ago as a handful of Chinese community members meeting periodically for dinner.

The women of Riderwood recently came together to share their experiences in an event about the ways women have broken barriers to equality over the years.

It’s difficult to appreciate how much progress has been made toward equality for women without taking a look back at the way things used to be.

Paul Pumphrey, a lifelong social activist and organizer, was recently elected president of Riderwood’s African-American History Club.

In June, Paul Pumphrey was elected president of Riderwood’s resident-run African-American History Club. The post is fitting as Paul, a lifelong activist and organizer, is a veritable walking, talking history book, with numerous insights about the history of African-Americans as well as Africa’s past, culture, and conflicts.