Independent Living In Durham, New Hampshire

Join our community of active, engaged adults who enjoy their independent life and retirement.

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An Independent Life with Benefits

Live the active, independent life you love, and benefit from having the peace of mind you seek for the future. You’ll join other independent adults who enjoy maintenance-free living, premium amenities, time to explore new interests, and security, knowing they have a plan for the future.

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When is the right time to move to RiverWoods?

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Open kitchen with tile and cabinetry
Spacious and open floor plan
Tiled Walk-In Shower and Dabinetry
Marble Bath Vanity
Bright, light-filled solarium
Bonus Room or Office


  • I don’t know anyone at RiverWoods. How will I make new friends?

    Come for a visit at any time, and you’ll find residents working out in the gym, painting in the art studio, or enjoying a history lecture. You’ll find others hammering away in the woodshop, working in our raised garden beds, or discussing books in the library. Still, more will be headed off to The Music Hall for a show, walking the trails around campus with their dog, or organizing a group to go kayaking on the river.

    Most residents remark they’ve become more active socially and physically since moving to RiverWoods. Whether it’s meeting someone new over dinner or chatting over sandwiches in the Commons, learning a new skill or taking a fitness class — life here brings every resident the opportunity to make new friends who share your common interests.

    Do you have an interest that hasn’t yet been explored at RiverWoods? We’d love to help you make it happen. Whatever your passion, RiverWoods provides a myriad of opportunities to pursue what you love most about life.

  • What types of activities are offered?

    Life at RiverWoods Durham brings every resident the opportunity to make new friends who share your common interests. From organized outings to casual gatherings over shared interests, there’s always something going on and something fun to do at RiverWoods

    Typical outings might be to restaurants, museums, trips to Boston, the Portsmouth Music Hall, the Seacoast, a historical tour, or perhaps a sporting venue. Available activities on campus include fitness classes, concerts, socials, working in the woodshop, music recitals, volunteering,  or attending a lecture taught by a resident.

    Our community is created by residents for residents! If you have an interest, we’ll help you find an outlet.

    Click here for more information on our activities and social opportunities at RiverWoods Durham.

  • What is your guest policy?

    RiverWoods Durham welcomes your guests to visit as often as you like. All visitors are required to sign in and out at the reception desk for your security. As an added convenience, for a small nightly fee, any resident can reserve one of our fully-furnished Guest Rooms for visiting family and friends.

  • I don’t want to give up any freedom or independence. How will I know when I am ready?

    The best time to make a move is when you are active and in good health. The admissions process includes a health assessment, so don’t wait too long. Our goal is to provide an active, vibrant, maintenance-free lifestyle for healthy retirement-age individuals.

    Most residents agree after moving to RiverWoods that their independence has increased, rather than decreased. Without the worry of home-maintenance and cooking dinner every night, our residents have more freedom and time to enjoy their best life.

  • How far is RiverWoods Durham from Boston and and other sights of northern New England?

    Nestled in the center of New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region, RiverWoods Durham offers easy accessibility to the best that New England has to offer. We are just a short drive from many scenic and cultural attractions:

    • ME and NH Seacoast Beaches and State Parks ~ 20 minutes
    • Manchester, NH ~ 30 minutes
    • Boston, MA ~ One hour
    • Portland, ME ~ One hour
    • Mount Sunapee Ski Resort ~ 80 minutes
    • New Hampshire Lakes Region ~ 90 minutes
    • White Mountains ~ 2 Hours