The Journey On…

Jeff Getek is the public affairs manager for Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring. Working with over 2,500 residents provides Jeff with an amazing opportunity to share their life experiences, adventures and continued contributions in the community. As one resident recently told Jeff, “retirement from a career is not an end. It’s the next chapter of the journey on…”

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Blog: ABCs of Brain Injury: E is for Exercise

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Brain injury recovery is twofold: there is physical exercise to strengthen your body and mental exercise to strengthen your mind.  At the beginning of my brain injury recovery, all I wanted was to relearn how to walk and keep my balance. Now that I’m seven years into my brain injury recovery, I dream of one […]

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Riderwood’s Art of Ceramics Combines Creativity and Possibility

Won Yin, a resident of Riderwood, with her submissions in the 2016 Art of Ceramics exhibition

Lifelong learning opportunities abound for residents of Riderwood. This year, there were 88 enrollees for the Art of Ceramics classes offered at the Erickson Living retirement community, via the Prince George’s Community College system and taught by resident Won Yin. And for two days, the work of many of these residents was on display as […]

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Riderwood Opens The Glen at Orchard Point

Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 1 to open The Glen at Orchard Point, the new assisted living expansion.  Pictured from left to right are Myra Clary-Peterson (Assisted Living Manager), Gary Hibbs (Executive Director), Mr. Tobias Sultan (first resident of The Glen), Peace Oke (Director of Nursing), Eunice Jallah, (Marketing Liaison), Lori Hamilton (Director of Extended Care) and Susan Barber-Richards, RN (Wellness Manager).

With the cheers of an enthusiastic audience, residents and employees of Riderwood cut the ribbon on The Glen at Orchard Point (The Glen), the new assisted living expansion at the Erickson Living retirement community. The Glen features the largest assisted living apartments in the area with 41 private residences ranging from studio to two-bedroom styles. […]

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Completing the Journey: Sucher Family Honors Late Wife, Mother by Completing Her Memoir

Joe Sucher and his son Anatol completed the memoirs of Dorothy to publish "Return to the Shtetl."

I work with residents who live in Erickson Living communities in Parkville, MD, Houston and Dallas, TX, Charlotte, NC, and of course, Riderwood in Silver Spring. One thread they share, no matter the time zone in which they reside, is the love they show for family. Joe Sucher, a resident of Riderwood, was no exception. […]

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Riderwood Says Thank You to Calverton Fire/EMS Station 841 Through Kitchen Renovation

SAYING THANK YOU: Riderwood employees and three of its vendors partnered to renovate the kitchen and lounge area at Calverton Fire/EMS Station 841 on Powder Mill Road.  A celebratory “reveal” was held at the station on July 8 with those involved in the project.

Riderwood retirement is uniquely located!  About half of its campus resides in Montgomery County, while the other half sits in Prince George’s County.  The result is that the community enjoys strong partnerships with government agencies and elected officials in both jurisdictions as we serve our residents.  Here’s one story of how employees…and our vendors…showed their […]

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Riderwood to Host A Feast for the Eyes IV, an Artwork Showcase

A scene from Riderwood's A Feast for the Eyes art showcase in 2014.

Riderwood retirement community is also home to a thriving, vibrant community of artists. Their work will be on display again in July. What makes the event extra special is that most of the artists are available to discuss the technique and inspiration behind their pieces. You can read more below about A Feast for the […]

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Registration Now Open for 9th Annual Mah Jongg Tourney at Riderwood

Riderwood resident Barbara Breit is pictured following her welcome remarks during the 2015 Mah Jongg Tourney at the Erickson Living retirement community.

The Mah Jongg Tourney at Riderwood retirement community has become more popular every year.  It is a true regional event; last year, 148 enthusiasts from the mid-Atlantic entered the tournament, a record-setting turn-out.  Registration is now open! Silver Spring, Maryland—Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host its 9th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on Thursday, August […]

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Riderwood Hosts 40th Anniversary Celebration of Colesville Meals on Wheels

Current and former Presidents of Colesville Meals on Wheels are pictured during the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration held at Riderwood retirement community.  From left to right are Alan Hedin  (2000- 2005 & Riderwood Resident), Annie McLane (1988- 1994, 2006-2013), Daniele Zartman (1995-1999), Pam Jones (2014- present) and Helen Beschner (2006-2007).

Last month, Riderwood retirement community hosted a milestone celebration for Colesville Meals on Wheels…its 40th anniversary party. Current and past board members, volunteers and friends of the program shared memories and reflected on their collective mission. Becky Hedin and her husband Alan, residents of Riderwood, attended the event. The couple has long been affiliated with […]

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Democratic Club of Riderwood Hosts Pair of State Delegates from District 14

The resident-led Democratic Club of Riderwood retirement community hosted State Delegates Eric Luedtke and Pam Queen for a legislative update on May 11.  Pictured from left to right are Delegate Luedtke, Millie Bluestein, Lyn Doyle, Delegate Queen and Anna Owens.

While the 2016 presidential campaign dominates the headlines, state and local issues interest residents of Riderwood, too. To stay informed, the resident-led Democratic Club of the Erickson Living retirement community hosted State Delegates Eric Luedtke and Pam Queen, each representing Montgomery County in District 14. The delegates provided an overview of the recently completed 2016 […]

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Robert Davis Inducted into USPTA Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame

Robert Davis in his office at Riderwood retirement community.

Growing up in Oklahoma, his first tennis racket was a T.A. Davis model made of laminated walnut without a leather grip. In high school, he once spent his lunch money—30 cents per day—to buy two tennis balls for a practice. Now at age 95, Robert Davis earned entry into the United States Professional Tennis Association […]

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