VIDEO: When Rockers Hit the Rocking Chair

New Ways of Getting Old

Cathleen Toomey, RiverWoodsWhen was the last time you saw a truly celebratory birthday card for someone over 50? Why is that? Why are all of the birthday cards after 40 about doom and gloom? For the first time in our history, we are living longer, more active lives. In fact, so much has changed about getting older. The boomer generation (those born between 1946-1964) has transformed every social convention they have come across – from marrying later, traveling more, having children later. And they’re doing it again with aging.

As a country, we are in the midst of a population explosion of 65 plus Americans -- the largest demographic shift of retirees we have ever experienced. Not only are their numbers increasing, but they are also living longer – with totally different expectations of what aging looks like. Witness the increase in seniors running marathons and triathlons – there are few rocking chairs in their futures. So, what is new about getting old? How will the sociodemographic impacts of baby boomers’ outlooks affect the choices you make with your parents, as well as how you plan for yourself?

VIDEO:What's new about getting old?  (4:34 min.)

2016 President & Chairman's Letter

President and Chairman's Letter - By Justine Vogel and Bruce Mast - RiverWoods at Exeter The following letter was published in the 2016 RiverWoods Annual Report . Current and past RiverWoods Annual Reports and Financial Statements can be found by clicking here .

"You are not here to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more of who you really are." - Oprah Winfrey

Oprah... Who would have guessed we’d be quoting her in the RiverWoods Annual Report? But I think she’s nailed it with that thought.

If you ask the staff at RiverWoods what our motto is, they would reply, “Be Better.” Not “be perfect” mind you, just better, better every day. We believe that no matter how good you are, there is always room to grow.

We are in a constant state of blossoming into who we really are, as individuals and as a community. This is true for our residents, for our Board, and for our staff. That blossoming can take the form of new relationships, friendships and even love. We see it every day. All you need is a heart that is open to opportunity.

The blossoming can take the form of new and continuing learnings for residents and for staff. All you need is a mind that is open to challenge.

It can take the form of outreach, as we do every year by working with another local nonprofit that serves our Seacoast Region. All you need is a mission that is open to partnering and possibilities. Blossoming can take the form of building a deeper connection within our RiverWoods community, as we did this year when a team of residents organized and designed a program to teach critical business skills to our staff. All you need are people who appreciate how interdependent we all are.

Honoring Veterans

Veterans honored at RiverWoods Exeter, NHRiverWoods honored the the residents and staff who served by holding two Veterans Day programs. The first was a breakfast for all Veterans working at RiverWoods. Later in the day, the community gathered for a Veterans Day program honoring the service and sacrifices of all veterans, their families and supporters. The program featured readings and patriotic music.

RiverWoods chef takes center stage to give residents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the kitchen

Recently, a group of approximately 40 RiverWoods residents had the pleasure of watching Chef Adam Novak, Manager of Dinning Services at The Woods, prepare a Salmon for use in our kitchen for the Salmon entree.

2016 Gala breaks all records

Record-breaking gala for a great cause

The final totals are in and the 2016 RiverWoods Gala Auction raised a record $120,000 for Society Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter (SVdP). The record-breaking evening was held at RiverWoods on October 15th with some 400 people in attendance.

The event punctuates the major partnership with SVdP, an all-volunteer non-profit that helps people in the Exeter area with a variety of issues, from food and housing to job seeking and child care.

Gorgeous day for Annual Fun Run/Walk

2016 RiverWoods CCRC Fun Run in Exeter New HampshireRiverWoods recently held its Fourth Annual Fun Run/Walk! It was a beautiful day with about 150 residents, staff and family members participating.

Hiking Blue Job Mountain with Residents and Staff

RiverWoods Fitness has offered hikes over the past few years, and this year kicked off the new RiverWoods Outdoor Adventure Program, inspired by some very adventurous residents. As the fall foliage was moving into full radiance, a group of nine residents and six staff hiked Blue Job Mountain in Farmington, NH. In three years we have never had better weather than we did for Blue Job. The fire tower provide beautiful views, and staff member, Gary Willette (Maintenance Supervisor at The Ridge) provided a mountain-by-mountain breakdown of the skyline.RiverWoods residents and staff from Exeter NH retirement community hike Blue Job Mountain
Late August and mid-September included kayak trips on the Exeter River and in quiet waters of Portsmouth Harbor, launching in Newcastle.

Performance by The High Range Band

During a concert sponsored by the Music Committee the High Range Band played a gig in Boulders Hall featuring an energetic mix of roots, folk and bluegrass played on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums.

Fascinating evening with producer, Julie Dunfey

Julie Dunfey, Senior Producer for famed documentary maker Ken Burns joined RiverWoods residents for a Q & A about her work with Ken Burns producing a number of shows including the Dust Bowl where they interviewed many people form the Mid West.

RiverWoods: 2016 Business of the Year

Each Year, the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes the successes and accomplishments of businesses and individuals in the Exeter area. This year RiverWoods was named 2016 Business of the Year in the Health Care, Large Employer category.

RiverWoods is proud of this accomplishment and the excellent work carried out by our dedicated team on a daily basis. With more than 80 businesses nominated, the team of judges had their work cut out for them! We would like to congratulate all of our fellow nominees and award winners!