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"Let's Go, O's!"

Apr 9, 2015


Charlestown retirement community’s score-calling Oriole bird is back at his perch atop his package shelf after the long winter.

Florence Wolfe, who took over the tradition started by the previous resident of her apartment home, is the second generation “bird displayer.”

Each day, Florence and a neighbor make sure the stuffed Oriole Bird shares the previous day’s Orioles score.

“Let’s go O’s!”

Charlestown Residents Donate 5,000 Books to Help World Literacy

Apr 7, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 7, 2015) -- Residents of Charlestown Retirement community this week donated nearly 5,000 books to Books for International Goodwill to help recycle books for schools and libraries to improve literacy in developing communities around the world.

Books for International Goodwill is run by volunteers, providing an outlet for them to help the less fortunate improve their education and welfare. By sending thousands of books to people throughout the world the project helps them advance their learning and economic well-being.

The goal of the project is to provide the basic tools for educating the public both...

Charlestown's Diversity & Inclusion Council Celebrates Individualism

Apr 1, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 1, 2015) -- In 2010, the Charlestown Diversity & Inclusion Council (DIC) was formed as a team dedicated to celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive community that respects and appreciates individual differences.

The DIC endorses a broad definition of diversity, and seeks to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of diversity. The group is comprised of both staff and resident members.

The DIC meets once a month to discuss and plan ways to promote and strengthen cultural diversity among staff and residents.

Members of the DIC are:


Charlestown Residents Embrace Facebook

Mar 31, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 31, 2015) -- A recent study from Pew Research Center shows the use of Facebook and other social networks are on the rise among older adults. For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook, up from 45% who did so in late 2013 and 35% who did so in late 2012. Among those who go online, Pew found that 71 percent do so every day or every other day, while 11 percent do so three to five times per week.

Charlestown retirement community residents...

Charlestown Residents Use Video Technology to Celebrate Poerty

Mar 23, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Members of Charlestown retirement community's Poets' Corner are celebrating April National Poetry Month by using video technology to enhance their written and/or recited poems.

The Poets’ Corner, a group of 20 poets and poetry-lovers who meet the first Wednesday of each month, discusses and reads traditional, free verse, prose, and haiku.

The readings are broadcast on Charlestown’s in-house television station and focus on themes which include a wide variety of topics like school days, Earth, March Madness, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, nature, and humor.

Co-chair Hank Thompson...

Charlestown's Susan Smith is Proud of Her Four-Year Old Granddaughter

Mar 17, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 17, 2015) – Susan Smith, an Executive Assistant at Charlestown retirement community, is proud of her four-year-old granddaughter Ellie Shockey . Ellie is Step-Out Baltimore’s 2015 Youth Ambassador.

Ellie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on April 1, 2014. Today she and her family and friends are asking people to please join them on October 4th for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, which is the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising walk.

The event has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $200,000,000 to Stop...

High School Students Learn Life Lessons, Earn College Scholarships at Charlestown

Mar 16, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 16, 2015) -- While still a freshman in high school, Dominique Chandler began working as a waiter at Charlestown retirement community hoping to earn some money toward college. But unlike most first jobs, this one gave Chandler more than just a paycheck—he got the wisdom and support of 2,300 adopted grandparents.

“I love what I do. Working here at Charlestown has given me many great experiences and has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many great people,” says Chandler, now the supervisor at Charlestown’s Atrium Restaurant.

“Charlestown gives young people...

Don't Miss Memorial Day Weekend 1,000-Flag Charlestown Field of Honor

Mar 12, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Don’t miss the Memorial Day weekend Charlestown Field of Honor ( ) presented by Hubbard Funeral Home.

There will be 1,000 full-sized flags displayed, purchased by individuals and organizations to honor designated military veterans.

Net proceeds will benefit Operation Second Chance, an organization that supports wounded veterans and their families, and Charlestown’s Benevolent Care Fund.

Kick-off Fireworks will be held Friday, May, 22, at 9 p.m. Opening Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m.

To sponsor, volunteer, purchase a flag and/or receive...

U.S. News Cites Charlestown's Continuing Care for Excellence

Mar 3, 2015

Washington, D.C. ( March 3, 2015) – U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, has named Charlestown retirement community's Continuing Care facility as one of the Best Nursing Homes 2015. U.S. News & World Report highlighted the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available at .

To create Best Nursing Homes 2015, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,...

Residents Give More Than 1.2 Million Volunteer Hours

Feb 24, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 20, 2015) – More than 1.2 million volunteer hours were given to charitable organizations in 10 different states last year by men and women who live at Erickson Living-managed retirement communities. This marked the fifth successive year in which residents volunteered more than 1 million hours. Erickson Living manages Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD.

Residents volunteered at hospitals and hospice facilities, schools, churches and synagogues. They also volunteered at libraries and military-support organizations. Agencies that benefitted from their volunteerism and philanthropy included the ALS Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Second Chance, The Salvation Army and...