Helping students find their fit takes a team

RiverWoods Exeter is proud of everyone on our team for the work they do so passionately for residents every day! Many on our team started at Seacoast School of Technology. We love working with SST as they help guide so many students along their career paths.

This story by Lara Bricker Author on the collaboration with SST is worth a read.

7 Ways to Judge a Retirement Community’s Financial Health

By Peter Finch, The New York Times 
(Click here to view this article on the NY Times website)

Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt has it all figured out. With their three children grown and out of their New Jersey home, she and her husband, William, will move into a full-service retirement community this year. It will be someplace “interesting and affordable,” in her words, and, ideally, dry in the summer. “I don’t like humidity,” she said.

The 68-year-old Dr. Ehrhardt — she has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering — has been researching this move for the past couple of years, narrowing her list from more than 100 communities to around a dozen.

Yet something is nagging at her. What if, after all her careful planning, their retirement community has some kind of financial wipeout? “There you are, 97 years old, the community’s bankrupt, its managers are in jail,” she said. “Now what are you going to do?”

The Sweet Sound of Someone Else's Shovel

It's a familiar sentiment to be sure! A favorite sound on campus always seems to be that of someone else's shovel outside your window. A big thank you to the RiverWoods Exeter Environmental Services team hard at work cleaning off resident cars and 'snowscaping'.

Celebrating World Book Day

Whether you prefer your books with friends, reading with kids, curled up in a cozy chair, or writing your own book, RiverWoods Exeter wishes you a happy World Book Day! #WorldBookDay

Setting track on campus

With four miles of trails, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular ways to enjoy the winter weather here on campus. RiverWoods Exeter residents Steve Swenson, Stu Howkins, Spencer Jackson and Sue Jordan decided to pack down the trails after our recent snow and were kind enough to pause for a group photo at Gooch Park.

RiverWoods Exeter cross-country skiing on campus - Exeter, New Hampshire 03833

Resident Poetry Club Rap Session

The RiverWoods Exeter Resident Poetry Club recently welcomed Ivo Nedyalkov, "Doctor of flow" (fluid mechanics PhD, rapper and faculty member at University of New Hampshire), to host a rap music workshop on campus. If Rap or poetry is not your passion, there are more than 150 different resident committees and interest groups from which to choose.

2017 Executive Director & Chairman's Letter

 Deb Riddell, Executive Director, RiverWoods Exeter and Bruce Mast, Chairman of the Board, RiverWoods Exeter The following letter was published in the 2017 RiverWoods Annual Report. Current and past RiverWoods Annual Reports and Financial Statements can be found by clicking here .

Community and peace of mind; it is at our core. It is our soul and it is who we are. Well before we opened our doors 23 years ago, our founders believed that “community” was essential to living one’s best life. RiverWoods was built and community formed. Over the years, as the physical community grew and changed, our nonphysical community grew stronger. As it turns out, community is more about the non-tangibles than it is about the physical environment. For us, community is our culture, it is our desire to learn with each other, to advocate with each other, to support each other and in doing so, bold ideas emerge. This year, one of those bold ideas turned into a guiding philosophy. 

Two years ago, our residents came together to form a goal group on diversity with a mandate to learn about diversity within our community and to understand how the broader cultural dialogue might impact our community. Over the course of time, the group became convinced that they should change their focus from “diversity” to “inclusivity” as this put the focus on our common humanity rather than our differences. This group of residents drafted an Inclusivity Philosophy Statement as an extension of our Charitable Intent Philosophy. Together, the two set a framework for our moral obligations as an organization, defined a path for our initiatives and guided our actions. 

A night at the Exeter Holiday Parade

Once again the Exeter Holiday Parade was a huge success! The theme was Christmas Movies Through the Decades. The movies we chose were Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1960s), A Year Without Santa Clause (1970s), A Christmas Story (1980s), Christmas Vacation (1990s) and Elf (2000s). Resident and staff volunteers from RiverWoods Exeter and our 2018 Gala Partner, Seacoast Family Promise, dressed up as the characters! The RiverWoods shuttle followed the float with residents cheering. We look forward to next year!

RiverWoods Exeter at the 2017 Exeter Holiday Parade

VIDEO: The Secret to Successful Aging

As recently presented at TEDx Piscataqua River by our own Cathleen Toomey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RiverWoods.