Learn to live well at Annual Health Fair

By Tracy Fowlkes, CPT Coordinator, Fitness Be sure to save the date and mark your calendars for the upcoming Riderwood 19th Annual Health Fair. This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Montgomery Station’s Maryland Hall. This annual fair provides residents with resources related to…

Resident reflects on sharing name with famous Hollywood starlet

By Almeda Girod Resident Writer After two months of dating Pete Reynolds, Debbie Raub commented to her mother “If I marry this guy, I’ll be Debbie Reynolds.” She married Pete in 1971 and says, “That is when this quiet little introvert became a not-so-quiet extrovert. Now I was a movie star!” Debbie grew up in…

Riderwood welcomes new Assistant Director of Finance

By Almeda Girod Resident Writer Gladstone James has joined the Riderwood administrative team as the Assistant Finance Director. He has previously worked in finance and accounting for Choice Hotels for 24 years. He was born in Madras, India, and given the full name of Gladstone Nixon James since his two grandmothers had an interest in…

Riderwood Rockets preparing for annual softball tournament

By Patrick Curtis Co-Manager, Riderwood Rockets Softball The Riderwood Rockets, our preeminent (well, old, if not preeminent) softball team will begin its spring practice season Monday, April 1, at the field behind Calverton Elementary School. Practice will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon every Monday in April and probably Monday and Wednesday in May. The…

Scholarship fund campaign ends April 4

By Don Simond Member, Scholarship Committee The 2019 Scholarship Fund campaign will soon be coming to a close. As we have said so pointedly, “their future is in our hands and our future is in their hands.” Now is your opportunity to reach out, and, through the medium of the Fund, grasp the hand of:…

Judith Hensley joins administration team as new executive assistant

By Almeda Girod Resident Writer There is a new face in the executive suite at Riderwood. Judi Hensley retired from Verizon in December. She was planning to take a year off before seeking another job, but then the role of Executive Assistant to Gary Hibbs presented itself. Judi’s son, Drew, has worked in dining services…

CommUNITY Living- Pay it Forward

By Becky Griffin Program Chair, CommUNITY Living Committee The CommUNITY Living Committee is working to support the belief that Riderwood is a very special place to live, work and visit. In keeping with our mission to focus on the joys and challenges of living in a close community, we have designated April as “Pay it…

Focus groups help shape Riderwood communications

By Shanna Gordon Member, Communications Committee This January, the Riderwood Communications Committee sought out the voices of a diverse group of residents through nine focus group sessions.  In independent living, we randomly selected participants and invited them to attend one of two sessions held in their clubhouse. We also held a focus group during the…

Sustainability Corner: The Bradford Pear Tree – A curse?

By Erika Teal Member, Sustainability Committee The Bradford Pear tree, with its show of dense white beauty, is one of the first blooming trees to announce the end of winter. We see them everywhere, in people’s yards, in parking lots, as road dividers.  We have many Bradford Pear trees on the Riderwood campus. This tree…

Executive Insight: April 2019

By Laura McCormick Practice Administrator, Medical Center We live in an amazing time in medicine. Through science and technology, we have made remarkable advances. We are making new discoveries and delivering the highest-quality medical care the world has ever known. Clearly, we have the professional and clinical skills to deliver these wonders. But what about…

From the R.A.C.: April 2019

By Bette Martin Secretary, Resident Advisory Council In politics, a frequent meme is “It’s the economy, stupid!” At Riderwood, what we often hear is “More communication, PLEASE!” or “Why weren’t we told….?” Frankly, it’s true! Getting information to all residents in a community as large as Riderwood is a never-ending challenge. Even with the Reporter…

On Board with Pat Davis: April 2019

By Pat Davis Director Living in Community, Riderwood Board of Directors Quizzes, tests, exams…remember them? I bet you’re glad they’re no longer a regular part of your life. But it’s a different story for Riderwood, which is constantly being evaluated in many ways. Last month I wrote about the Resident Satisfaction Survey, an annual opportunity…