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Riderwood Residents Take Life by the Reins by Kelly Shue

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Photo by Christopher Taydus -- Bob and Gail Boger have found no shortage of activities to pursue in their ten years at Riderwood.

Silver Spring, MD -- Riderwood, an Erickson Senior Living managed community in Silver Spring, MD, empowers community members to live their lives to the fullest. The maintenance-free lifestyle provides residents the time to invest in both new activities and favorite hobbies, while numerous amenities, activities, and clubs support healthy social networking.

Riderwood residents also take the opportunity to engage in activities outside the community, including traveling and volunteering

“Riderwood felt like home from day one,” says Carmen Maymi, who moved to the community in 2014. “There is never a shortage of things to do. Living in Silver Spring prior to my move, I continue to enjoy life both on campus and within the local community," Carmen says. "The nice thing about Riderwood is that it is open to all lifestyles, whether you prefer a private or more social lifestyle. And there are so many amenities to enjoy.”

Worry-free living

For Riderwood community members, eliminating the hassles associated with home ownership frees up valuable time to enjoy new adventures and explore hobbies and interests.

“My husband Thomas and I chose Riderwood because maintaining our home was becoming an endless chore,” says community member Helen Bozzo. “We loved our house of 27 years, but repairs and replacement of utilities was becoming expensive and time consuming. In contrast, shortly after moving to Riderwood, the air conditioner stopped working and a replacement unit was immediately delivered. We no longer needed to check Consumer Reports, call companies, and make decisions under pressure. It was such a relief!”

All residents enjoy the many advantages of the monthly service package that covers the costs of all utilities; all major repairs; 24-hour security and emergency response; flexible dining plans in the community’s eight restaurants; scheduled shuttle service; trash collection and recycling; and basic cable television. Community members also appreciate services such as home and seasonal maintenance, professional landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal.

World of opportunities

Without the worry of caring and maintaining a house, Riderwood community members invest their time in a wide range of clubs and activities.

“With almost 300 social and educational [venues] and various interest clubs and groups, there is something for everyone,” says Carmen. “Riderwood also hosts a wide variety of presentations and lectures featuring experts in a variety of fields.”

Helen agrees. “Activities became a central focus shortly after our move,” she says. “We began dancing, playing poker and bingo, taking SAGE [Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally] classes, visiting the theatre, serving on various resident committees, and enjoying Riderwood trips area theaters and museums. “We also became active in the Catholic community, finding it to be a wonderful faith group. All services are held here in the Chapel.”

Bob and Gail Boger also found themselves filling up their calendars shortly after their 2011 move. “I began teaching Photoshop Elements, a class I taught at the Delaware Center for Lifelong Learning,” says Bob. “While Gail joined the Welcome Committee and began taking SAGE courses.”

Expanding horizons

For Riderwood community members, life flourishes not only on campus but in a variety of ways off campus as well. “The majority of our community members remain active within the greater community,” says Director of Sales George Mishraky. “Whether it is volunteering, attending local church services, visiting friends and family, or traveling the world, community members enjoy the freedom to do it all.”

Community member Elaine Wunderlich sings in the City Choir of Washington and their smaller City Singers Outreach group. “I also sing in my church choir and usher at Arena Stage,” she says. “Singing with these choirs provided the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia. In addition, I took a Riderwood sponsored trip to Switzerland a few years ago.”

The Bogers also appreciate the freedom to travel the world. “Gail and I enjoyed several trips within the U.S. and the world after moving to Riderwood,” says Bob. “We also took our granddaughter on several Road Scholar intergenerational trips to national parks as well as a trip on the steam boat American Queen, from New Orleans to Red Wing, Minn.”

Word of mouth

Thanks to the worry-free lifestyle, range of amenities, and freedom to enjoy the best life has to offer, demand for the Riderwood lifestyle is at an all-time high.

“I encourage anyone interested in learning more about a future at Riderwood, to call and schedule either an in-person or virtual visit,” says Mishraky. “Our sales team is committed to helping prospective residents make a decision that is right for them. And there is never any pressure—just a terrific opportunity to see what Riderwood has to offer.”

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