Terry Graham developed a love for Africa after serving in Ethiopia in the Peace Corps. She cofounded The Global Transformation Network with her friend and Charlestown neighbor Diana Mood.

While their retired neighbors at Charlestown are drinking their morning coffee and working out in the fitness center, Diana Mood and Terry Graham are preparing for a trip to northeastern Ethiopia. There they will train the staff of a new 150-student school in a remote region on how to educate and care for people with disabilities.

Seniors enjoying a bus ride.

New to Catonsville and looking for a good place to get a bite to eat? Wondering where to find the public library? Or maybe you’re searching for the nearest Walmart? Have no fear, Charlestown’s Around Town Tour has got you covered.

A covered bridge leads walkers over Herbert Run along the half-mile-long nature trail at Charlestown.

Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., is well known for its unique under-one-roof design that connects every amenity on campus and allows residents to enjoy an active lifestyle year-round. But there’s another, often overlooked side to Charlestown that is equally as impressive: the outside.

Charlestown resident Dayle Dawes shared her collection of dollhouse miniatures at the community’s Collector’s Showcase.

Although Emma Schramm no longer spends her days picking strawberries on her family farm, she does keep a collection of more than 750 picker’s checks— small metal tokens farm workers used to note the number of crops they picked, which were exchanged for payment—as mementos of life on the farm.

(From left) Charlestown neighbors Ann MacKay, Hope Tillman, and Sara Nixon recently redesigned the residents' internal informational website to be more senior friendly.

With more than 2,000 people; 300 clubs, classes, and activities; and 110 acres of amenities, there’s always something happening at Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md.

Photo of an exercise class in session with a female instructor and four participants.
Bodil Tice unpacks her pewter vase in her new Charlestown apartment home as Let’s Move’s Wanda Boucher watches.

When Bodil Tice and her husband John moved to Charlestown in July 2017 they had one issue to deal with: the delicate move of Bodil’s cherished collection of pewter Norwegian-themed Christmas plates from their former home in Severna Park, Md.

Special events like this one on downsizing, featuring Charlestown’s Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard and moving specialists Let’s Move, are just one of the benefits of joining the priority list.

In his 1962 State of the Union address, President John F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” It was a simple yet profound statement about the value of preparing ahead. 

No detail is too small when it comes to customizing your personal space.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans move an average of 11.7 times during their lifetime. Each move represents a new opportunity to create a living space that reflects an individual’s unique tastes.