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.

Oak Crest
Resident Advisory Council member David Flumbaum smiles with Director of Human Resources Tina Kummelman

Tina Kummelman wasn’t surprised to find that Oak Crest made the Baltimore Business Journal’s (BBJ) 2018 Top Ten Best Places to Work list. As director of human resources for the Parkville, Md., Erickson Living community, Kummelman knows firsthand what sets Oak Crest apart.  

Oak Crest
One of the many items on Oak Crest resident Andrew  Richardson’s bucket list was snowboarding down Liberty  Mountain in Pennsylvania.

If there was one catchphrase that defined Andrew Richardson, “carpe diem” would be it. He’s living life to the fullest as he checks off items from his bucket list, which includes snowboarding, indoor sky diving, and white-water rafting.  

Maris Grove
Maris Grove community member Larry Shenk holds the plaque he received at his induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame this past May.

Maris Grove’s Larry Shenk was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on May 22. The honor is one of many Larry has received during his long career in baseball. 

Maris Grove
Maris Grove resident Winnie Meyer (holding plaque) and some of her 57-member Winnie’s Winners team. Her team raised $5,500 to take first place in fundraising at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s 5K Run/Walk this April.

People who live at Maris Grove aren’t whiling away their so-called golden years. They’re giving back to help others.

Community Resources Manager Sally Christy estimates that more than 450 residents volunteer somewhere, which equates to more than 25 % of Maris Grove’s population.

Maris Grove
Raina Sloan seated at the desk she's set up as a home office in a corner of her bedroom at Maris Grove.

Raina Sloan, a community member at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., doesn’t like the word “retired.”

“I look at those years as a new phase of life, a new beginning,” Raina says.

Linden Ponds
Linden Ponds community members Ted Coburn and Mary Roever had the honor of lighting the torch at the opening ceremony of the Senior Olympics in Quincy, Mass., this past May.

It’s convenient to stay physically fit when you live at Linden Ponds. The community has a heated indoor pool and an on-site fitness center, which is staffed with professional personal trainers. From water aerobics to yoga, community members can choose from among a wide range of group exercise classes.