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Charlestown Residents Contribute $256,000 to Hourly Staff for a Job Well Done

Dec 6, 2018

The holiday season just got a little brighter for more than 1000 hourly employees at Charlestown .

Whether serving a meal in one of the seven restaurants or maintaining the scenic 110-acre campus, hourly staff work hard to enhance the vibrant retirement lifestyle of Charlestown residents all year long. Now, their service and dedication are being recognized through the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund.

A total of $256,000 was raised from resident contributions. 1,030 eligible hourly employees received distributions from the fund, less taxes, from Charlestown residents at scheduled times and locations across the community on...

An instant connection to Charlestown

Nov 20, 2018

Amy Bishop, a human resources senior recruiter at Charlestown , prides herself on knowing the residents who live there by name—a challenge in a community that more than 2,000 people call home. But there’s one name that comes easy for Amy. Her Godmother Nancy Scoville moved from Ellicott City to Charlestown in 2018.

Nancy and Amy are part of a growing trend that Erickson Living is seeing across the country: employees who have family members or longtime friends who live at one of their 19 communities. Nancy and Amy’s mother Rosemary have been best friends since...

Charlestown Treasure Sale Breaks Record

Nov 8, 2018

Charlestown recently held its largest Treasure Sale in the community’s history, bringing in a total of $37,529.20.

Four times a year, Charlestown ’s Treasure Sale provides an opportunity for shoppers from the retirement community and local area to scoop up bargains on gently used clothing, jewelry, and accessories, furniture, small household items, electronics and appliances.

All proceeds from the event directly support community programs, including Charlestown ’s Benevolent Care Fund, Scholars Fund, the Staff Appreciation Fund, the Chapel Concert series, and more. The most recent sale surpassed the last record-breaking sale of $37,293.49, which took place...

Fitch Affirms ‘A’ Rating for Charlestown

Nov 7, 2018

Charlestown recently announced that Fitch Ratings affirmed its ‘A’ rating on the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority bonds issued on behalf of the community. A variety of key drivers are responsible for the favorable rating.

“We are extremely proud to earn another ‘A’ rating from Fitch,” says Pamela Stiner, Director of Finance at Charlestown . “The rating reflects our continued commitment to providing a premier retirement lifestyle complemented with financial strength and stability for seniors in Maryland.”

Fitch cites three major drivers in the 2018 bonds rating for Charlestown : the...

Charlestown Resident Wins Four Medals at Maryland Senior Olympics

Nov 1, 2018

Charlestown is now home to an Olympic gold medalist. Barbara Garner, a resident at Charlestown, won four medals, including two golds, at the Maryland Senior Olympics in September.

Garner, who moved to Charlestown two years ago, placed first for gold in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events, and won silver in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races for her age group at the swimming competition.

Having grown up in rural Connecticut, Garner says that she’s always been active and sees no reason to slow down. A naturalist, much of her career was spent working with nature centers...

Charlestown Volunteers Have The Time of Their Lives at Annual Party

Oct 30, 2018

Charlestown recently hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event, filling the John Erickson Conference Center with about 300 attendees.

The evening’s “Dirty Dancing” theme was a smash hit, featuring fun nods to the classic movie, including signature cocktails: the “Baby & Johnny”, named for the main characters, and the “Kellerman’s Cosmo”, a reference to the resort where the movie is set. The watermelon salsa and chips was another detail that fans of the movie will recognize as inspired by a favorite scene.

Dance instructors were on hand to perform and teach guests a few new steps. The floor was...

Charlestown Celebrates Re-Opening of Shortline Café

Oct 12, 2018

Today, Charlestown residents and staff gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of one of its signature dining venues, the Shortline Café.

Located in the community’s recently updated Cross Creek Station, the Shortline Café is named for Catonsville’s historic Short Line railroad, which began service in 1884. The Catonsville Short Line shuttled both people and freight between Catonsville and the mainline tracks of the Baltimore & Potomac (later Pennsylvania) Railroad for decades before ending operation in 1972, due to competition from streetcar lines.

This local heritage features prominently in the restaurant’s décor as well as its...

Charlestown Hosts Ambassador from Ghana

Oct 3, 2018

Charlestown recently had the honor of hosting His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19 th Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States. The Ambassador was a special guest of Charlestown resident Diane Winn, who earlier this year was honored by the Embassy of Ghana for her work in plant medicinal treatment of malaria in the African nation.

Winn has been studying the disease, which affects more than 400 million people each year, and its treatments for more than 50 years. She has made more than 100 trips to the African nation and considers it...

Charlestown Resident Benefits from Integrated Care to Enjoy Optimal Health

Sep 7, 2018

Earlier this year, John Roth wasn’t quite feeling like his usual energetic self. Soon, he developed a cough that seemed serious enough that his adult children asked him to have it checked out. After consulting with his doctor at Charlestown, John was referred to nearby St. Agnes Hospital for additional treatment for a case of pneumonia in his right lung.

John was admitted for care and from the start, Charlestown Care Coordinator Shannon Loudermilk was by his side. Thanks to Charlestown’s strong relationship with St. Agnes and Shannon’s expertise, John was able to relax and focus on healing without...

Couples discover unexpected benefits of early move to Charlestown

Sep 4, 2018

When Peggy and Dick Crebs considered moving into Charlestown, a senior living community in Catonsville, Md., they were already familiar with the amenities available at the sprawling 110-acre residential campus. The Erickson Living community offers seven restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a swimming pool, and a constant series of continuing learning opportunities.

However, less obvious was something even more important: a new sense of freedom.

“We just got back from a trip to Norway that was mostly a cruise. The month before that, we took a rail trip to the northern national parks,” Peggy Crebs said recently....