Redefining the Experience of Aging

A New Generation of Retirees Finds Independence in Unexpected Places

RiverWoods residents taking a break from a game of pickleballThe Silver Tsunami

When wasThe Silver Tsunami When was the last time you considered “60” as old? Today’s 60- and 70-year-olds are running marathons, starting second careers, and generally bashing the traditional idea of “aging.” Yes, it’s finally happening —our youth-focused culture is acknowledging that there is a lot of life in what many call “the third chapter,” or retirement.

WSJ: The Best Time to Move Into a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Three Major Factors to Consider: Timing, Timing, Timing

By Glenn Ruffenach
(Click here to view this article on the WSJ website)

  My husband and I are considering a move to a continuing-care retirement community. We are in our early 70s, and both of us are in good health. But we recognize that we might need help in the future. Is there a “better” or “best” time to settle in one of these developments? Residents in some of the communities we have visited seem decidedly older than us. Perhaps we should wait before moving. Any thoughts?

I’ll talk about CCRCs in a moment. But there is a more important issue here: the risks associated with postponing big decisions in retirement.

At the risk of stating the obvious, time is something we’re running out of as we age. And yet, many of us act as if the opposite were true. Human nature (or, more simply, denial) is a big part of this. It’s much more pleasing to focus on the positive aspects of later life—opportunities to follow new paths, increased life expectancy, travel—than on our mortality.

Proving you don't have to be retired to live here...

What does retirement mean for you ?

For RiverWoods Exeter resident, Pat Wall, it means researching, writing, and promoting her third book. LIVES OF CONSEQUENCES: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine is being published by the Portsmouth Marine Society Press under the auspices of the Portsmouth Historical Society and the New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail. This book’s premier and meet-the-author will take place at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, on Friday, August 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

About the Author:

For the past forty-eight years, Patricia Quigley Wall has been involved with New England’s colonial history through professional museum work, research, teaching, and writing.

Live Adventurously

As we were enjoying the summer weather we ran into RiverWoods Exeter resident Jim Pitts coming back from a Lakes Region ride, says he averages 200-300 miles a day! Way to live adventurously Jim!

RiverWoods Exeter renews partnership with American Independence Museum

By Rob Levey, Seacoast Online  (click here to view this article on seacoast online website)

RiverWoods Exeter partnership with American Independence Museum _ Exeter NHEXETER — RiverWoods Exeter, a continuing care retirement community, recently renewed its partnership with the American Independence Museum with a $1,000 contribution.

According to Ben French, marketing manager at RiverWoods Exeter, the partnership with AIM is “much more than a financial obligation.”

“It’s actually a very active partnership that engages our residents and staff to get involved in the greater Exeter community,” he said. “Like RiverWoods Exeter, the American Independence Museum embraces history in a way that makes it both current and sustainable.”

For French, though, the partnership is as much about the future as it is a celebration of history.

“What makes us stand out from the pack is the fact that we both as nonprofits are always looking to the future, leading the way, and expanding people’s perceptions beyond those of your typical retirement communities and museums,” he said.

RiverWoods Group unveils plans for Durham community

Continuing care community to be company's first outside Exeter


(click to view this article on the NHBR website)

The RiverWoods Group has announced plans to build a new continuing care community in Durham, the first RiverWoods facility outside of Exeter.

Scheduled to open in late 2019 or early 2020, the nonprofit RiverWoods Durham is being built by general contractor Lecesse Construction of West Henrietta, N.Y., which built two of the last three RiverWoods Exeter communities, designed by AG Architecture of Dover and with landscape architecture by Robbie Woodburn of Newmarket. RiverWoods’ development partner is Greystone of New York City and Chicago-based investment bank Ziegler is its financial partner.

Gearing up for Portsmouth PRIDE Parade

Group of residents and staff walking in the parade to promote inclusivity

An Inclusivity Goal Group was created in September 2015 by the RiverWoods Exeter Resident Council to understand how we can promote and encourage inclusivity among RiverWoods Exeter Residents, Staff and Board. The group decided that "inclusivity" was a better word choice than "diversity" when talking about being a community that accepts and welcomes a wide variety of people.

some members of the RiverWoods Exeter Inclusivity Goal Group

Click to read our RiverWoods Exeter Inclusivity Philosophy.

As part of their two years of work, the Inclusivity Goal Group drafted a philosophy of Inclusivity, which was reviewed, adjusted and approved by both the Resident Council, as well as the Board of Trustees (click here to read the philosophy).

Residents and staff are participating in the Portsmouth PRIDE parade as one way to demonstrate that we are an open and accepting community - the Inclusivity Goal Group has also hosted a number of other lectures and educational opportunities as part of their work

Resident Artists on display at Phillips Exeter

Andrea Williams_artist_riverwoods exeter

Celebrate Neighboring presented by PEA's Lamont Gallery on Thursday, June 22 from 4-6 pm and meet artists from Rockingham county. Swing by after you visit the Exeter Farmers’ Market! The event is free and open to everyone. It will be featuring several RiverWoods Exeter artists including: Ellen Spector Platt, Andrea Williams, Doug Danforth, Roy Alonzo and Jackie Linder. The full exhibition runs from June 20 - July 14, 2017.

New Faces

By Ana Toomey, Intern at RiverWoods Exeter

To say RiverWoods is a community based on the high quality of relationships is an understatement. My first few weeks at RiverWoods has been an experience unlike any other. Everyone is so friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know you. For example, one of my first few days here I had to take off because I was sick, the next day when I came back in I had employees who I had never even met before asking me how I was doing. Word travels fast here across our 200 acres!

RiverWoods Exeter Announces Major Charitable Partnership with Seacoast Family Promise

Exeter retirement community’s outreach effort to culminate in October 2018 gala fundraiser with fellow nonprofit.

RiverWoods Exeter Announces Major Charitable Partnership with Seacoast Family Promise Exeter, NH (June 6, 2017) – Residents at RiverWoods Exeter have selected Seacoast Family Promise (SFP) of Exeter as the recipient of the retirement community’s two year partnership to culminate in a major fundraising gala event in October 2018 at RiverWoods Exeter.

From the first year RiverWoods Exeter opened, the community has held a fundraiser for another local nonprofit. The most recent RiverWoods Exeter Gala Auction raised a record $120,000 in one night for Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter. The record breaking evening was held at RiverWoods Exeter Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) last fall with more than 400 in attendance. RiverWoods Exeter staff and residents donated hundreds of hours of time during the multi-year partnership.