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Riderwood
Almeda Girod has always loved cycling and now rides her bike on Riderwood’s picturesque, 120-acre campus.

If you’re familiar with Silver Spring, Md., chances are you’re probably familiar with Almeda Girod. Almeda rides her bicycle around the community where she lives but also to local shopping centers and around town.

Riderwood
Marge Steffans smiles in front of the pond at Riderwood, featuring a fountain that some ducks swim past.

Marge Steffens has always had an appreciation for the outdoors and nature. She was a master gardener and has been an avid bird-watcher for many years. She also cares deeply about the environment and sustainability.

“I’m a strong environmentalist and have been for most of my life,” she says. “I am interested in habitat and species protection.”

Riderwood
Guillermo Olivos, in a decorative white top and black pants, danced a rumba with staff member Hamida Majili, in a sparkling red dress, at the annual "Riderwood’s Got Talent" show.

Guillermo Olivos will turn 90 this month, but retirement is hardly on his radar. In fact, he still works as a psychiatrist.

“When I reached 80, I decided I should go part-time,” he says with a laugh. “When you enjoy what you are doing, it is hard to stop.”

Oak Crest
(Back row, from left) Jeffrey Michael, Mike Sullivan, Bob Liebig, and Albert Cook. (Second row, from left) John Lehr, Dot Knipscher, Fitness Specialist Brittany Rhodes, and Judy Kimball. (Front) Joe Banz and Arlene Hoffman.

Once reserved for tailgating and backyard barbeques, cornhole (or depending upon where you’re from—bean bag toss, bags, or corn toss) is quickly catching on as one of America’s favorite pastimes. 

Oak Crest
Kathleen Sergi poses with her beloved sheltie, Casey, at their home at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md.

After 40 years, Kathleen Sergi’s love affair with her five-bedroom, two-bath house in Towson, Md., finally ended.

Maris Grove
Maris Grove community members recently enjoyed a day trip to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, N.J. Laurie Tipton (center) is the special trips coordinator for the Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa.

A sign outside Laurie Tipton’s office door bears the title of Dr. Seuss’s classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It’s an apt choice for Maris Grove’s special trips coordinator, who’s keeping community members and priority list members on the go with fun, educational day trips.  

Maris Grove
The Fairmont is a two-bedroom, one-bath home, with a spacious kitchen and living room

Berrie Grossman spent 20 years at Hershey’s Mill, a premier 55-plus community 20 minutes from Maris Grove. She liked the location, the lifestyle, and the proximity to her son, a dentist, and daughter-in-law, a judge, in West Chester, Pa. She had no plans to leave, ever.

Maris Grove
Warner Knobe is seen here in front of a beautifully landscaped garden and park bench at Maris Grove.

When Warner and Diane Knobe started thinking about moving to a retirement community, they had three must-haves: maintenance-free living, plenty of activities, and, above all, real value for their money. 

Linden Ponds
Linden Ponds student employees (from left) Breana Germain, Tayonna Tucker, and Julia Salvucci participate in an annual fashion show to raise money for the Scholars’ Fund.

There are many benefits to working at Linden Ponds, and one of the most impactful perks for the many young people who work in the community’s on-site restaurants is the Scholars’ Fund. The fund benefits student employees who plan to attend college or trade school.