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Southern Comfort Food Comes to Charlestown

Feb 18, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 17, 2016) -- -- Charlestown retirement community’s Mary Parker, a cook in the Terrace Cafe, today gave a Southern Comfort Food demo for 100 residents and staff.

She cooked BBQ chicken, collard greens, potato salad, and cornbread. The Medical Center's Practice Administrator Dean Crawford assisted her.

Parker, a 17-year employee, spoke of her South Carolina family heritage. Her southern charm captivated everyone as she provided insight into how...

Charlestown Honors 39 Employees for Their Outstanding "Mission Moments"

Feb 8, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 8, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community this month honored 39 employees for their outstanding Mission Moments in providing stellar service to residents that best reflect Erickson Living values. These values include Respect and Caring, Diversity, Friendliness and Enthusiasm, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, and Teamwork.

The employees honored were chosen from 998 Mission Moments written by the Erickson Living Values Team each month as representing the best examples of Charlestown’s mission in action in 2015.


Charlestown Cat May be World's Oldest

Feb 4, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 4, 2016) -- Black Lace, a cat who is at least 22 years old and who lives at Charlestown, is said to be the world’s oldest cat living in a retirement community. She may also be the oldest cat anywhere when factoring in several “lost years” in her past.

Her owner, Joy Price, got her in a pet store in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The store manager said the black cat with white markings was a neutered male named Fred. A...

Charlestown Residents Take to Their Indoor Pool in Winter

Feb 2, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 2, 2016) -- Pat Ward has led an indoor water aerobics class at Charlestown retirement community for the past three years. And her classes are always full, especially during winter months, as participants strengthen and increase their muscle tone

The free, hour-long classes are held five days a week in Charlestown’s 75- by 30-foot pool, part of the recently expanded 6,000-square-foot aquatics center that also features a separate therapy pool with a treadmill and a spa.


Blizzard of 2016 Has No Impact on Charlestown Residents

Jan 25, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 24, 2016) -- The record-setting Blizzard of 2016 that dumped 29.2 inches of snow in the Baltimore metropolitan area had no impact on Charlestown retirement community’s 2,100 residents.

Many dedicated General Services employees volunteered to stay overnight Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23, working nonstop to dig out snow at the 110-acre Charlestown campus in Catonsville. The community as of Sunday afternoon, January 24, was safe for driving and walking.

Operations at Charlestown were never disrupted by the blizzard. Staff from virtually all departments volunteered to stay overnight Friday, January 22,...

Unique 2015 Charlestown Facebook Project Reached More Than 43,000 People

Jan 4, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 4, 2016) – “365 Days at Charlestown,” a Facebook project at Charlestown retirement community that featured a different resident or employee each and every day of the year in 2015, reached more than 43,000 people. This was nearly five times the number of the community’s Facebook followers. Daily posts were “liked” more than 4,000 times (the Facebook project can be found at: )

Moreover, “365 Days” took the public behind-the-scenes of Charlestown on a daily basis, honoring the individuality and the life values of the men and women who live and work at...

Charlestown Residents/Staff Welcome Home U.S. Troops

Dec 22, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 22, 2015) – Sixteen Charlestown retirement community residents and staff today were part of Operation Welcome Home, a group that gathers at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport to welcome home U.S. troops.

The Charlestown group raised $150 from employee and resident donations and purchased snacks to be put into goody bags that were given to the troops as a treat, since many of them were catching connecting flights before their final destination of “ Home for the Holidays.”

In addition, residents and staff signed 200 Christmas cards to...

Charlestown Bride Waited 87 Years to Get Married

Dec 22, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 19, 2015) Charlestown residents Dorothy and Patrick Mullin are Christmas newlyweds. Dorothy, 87, had never before been married, making their love story all the more romantic.

They met three months ago in a dinner group at the retirement community. “He is a gentleman 100%,” said Dorothy, a former bank loan accounting officer, “and he cares about other people. He also loves animals and children.”

Patrick, 83, a former telecommunications company supervisor, was smitten immediately. “I saw Dorothy and said to myself, ‘What a beautiful woman.’”

They began to have dinner...

Charlestown Residents Raise $242,506 to Show Appreciation to Their Hourly Staff for Jobs Well Done in 2015

Dec 15, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 15, 2015) -- Residents of Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD, contributed $242,506 to their campus’ Staff Appreciation Fund to show their appreciation to their hourly staff for jobs well done in 2015.

The money benefitted 908 hourly staff members from all departments, including Dining Services, General Services and Health Services. This fundraising campaign among residents is done annually during the holiday season.

Charlestown, which has more than 2,000 residents, offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Center.

Also, there are nearly 300 resident-inspired and...

Charlestown's Model RR Display is Open Year-Round to Public

Dec 15, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown retirement community's 14-member Model Railroad Club oversees an elaborate train display featuring a few hundred feet of track that wind HO-scale model trains through a miniature 1950s-era town.

Authentic-looking storefronts, farms, local landmarks, and sound effects like crickets and thunder add to the town’s realistic look and feel.

This display is open year-round to the public on Saturdays, from noon - 2 p.m.