A Fresh Focus on Well-Being at Riderwood

February 6, 2024

Cynthia "Cynnie" Hood is an avid pickleball player. And now, she has even more ways to pursue her passion at Riderwood, the Erickson Senior Living community in Silver Spring, Md. 

Last September, Riderwood celebrated the grand opening of six new outdoor pickleball courts. 

"The new courts are magnificent," says Cynnie, president of the popular pickleball group. "The additional outdoor space combined with our two indoor courts allows us to play year-round. They support all of our games, as well as chair pickleball."

At Erickson Senior Living communities, industry-leading amenities and activities are thoughtfully designed to help residents like Cynnie continue to maximize their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Fitness for all

"The pickleball group is very inclusive and supportive," notes Cynnie. "We always welcome new members, and for those who are new to the sport, we've set aside time for lessons and provide all the equipment they might need." 

Henry Heilbrunn, a member of the pickleball group, notes that the sport supports his well-being in multiple ways. 

"Through pickleball, I get in some physical activity--moving around and competing--as well as social activity from meeting folks," says Henry. "When I first arrived at Riderwood, pickleball was an easy way to meet residents because of our common interest. Even now, I continue to meet new people."

When Henry's not on one of the pickleball courts, you'll probably find him at the community's new Wellness Center.  "I visit the Wellness Center regularly to swim laps and square dance," he says. 

In addition to these state-of-the-art amenities, Riderwood boasts three additional fitness centers, beautiful walking paths, and a variety of mind-body classes--such as yoga and tai chi--to support residents in their wellness journeys

Residents can also access award-winning health care at the on-site medical center and supportive faith groups through the Pastoral Ministries team. 

Health care at your fingertips

Cynnie appreciates the convenience of the medical center, which is staffed with board-certified physicians, a social worker, and a podiatrist--all specializing in senior health.

"For me, it's the best of both worlds," she says. "I still see several of the doctors I visited before moving to Riderwood, but I also schedule my yearly wellness visits here at the medical center."

Riderwood's Pastoral Ministries team offers residents opportunities for worship within 20 different faith and spiritual traditions. 

"I attend the Christian worship service, and it's wonderful," says Cynnie. "No matter your faith, everyone is very welcoming."

Socialization matters

Cynnie and Henry note that Riderwood's many opportunities for socialization have also had a significant impact on their sense of well-being. 

"A friend introduced me to Yale University professor Laura Santos' lectures on the 'Science of Well-Being,'" she says. "Santos emphasizes the importance of aging with connection--socially engaging with other people. She emphasizes the value of talking and sharing with others. Riderwood provides so many ways to do just that." 

As a retired English teacher, Cynnie participates in the short story club. She also joined the opera group and attends the weekly showings of foreign films. 

"Whether it's taking courses, joining clubs, or enjoying dinner with neighbors, I make lots of friends with people from different backgrounds," she says. "My husband Carl and I are so happy we picked this active, social lifestyle."

Henry agrees, saying, "I'm always meeting new and interesting people at Riderwood. Social connection occurs everywhere throughout the day here--far more than living in a single-family house or even in a multistory apartment building. I thrive on my conversations with my neighbors and our willingness to help each other."

Happy and healthy

Looking forward to a full year of new adventures at Riderwood, Cynnie knows she's right where she needs to be to enjoy a rewarding, healthy retirement. 

"I've enjoyed many different chapters in my life, and my Riderwood chapter is so enriching. It's provided much more than I ever anticipated," she notes. "My neighbor is involved with Catholic Charities, and she connected me with the opportunity to teach English to Afghan refugees. It's one of the most rewarding things I've ever done."

Cynnie adds, "I can't say enough good things about Riderwood!" 

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