Artist Point at the lower falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Betty Caldwell.

Betty Caldwell never has a shortage of things to photograph. Just outside her front door, she has access to 110 acres, including a half-mile-long wooded nature trail with nearly seventy different species of wildflowers and thirty species of trees. A three-acre, eight-foot-deep lake attracts all kinds of wildlife.

Jack Jackson, who lives at Charlestown, teaches ballroom dancing at the Catonsville community.

This month, more than half of Americans will celebrate Valentine’s Day by buying more than 58 million pounds of chocolate, exchanging 180 million greeting cards, and shelling out an average of $146.84 on their sweetheart. 

Charlestown Sales Counselor Molly Fricker loves helping people learn about the Erickson Living lifestyle. Fricker, a newlywed, is shown here with husband Mike.

Some people might see going from a career in social work to a career in sales as a bit of a leap, but not Molly Fricker. She’s passionate about helping people improve their lives.

Cindy and Rick Jones recently sold their Randallstown home, which they purchased from Harper Griswold (pictured far right) two decades ago. Over the years, the three stayed in touch and are now neighbors at Charlestown.

When Cindy and Rick Jones were planning their move to Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., last summer, their biggest challenge wasn’t what color to paint the walls of their new apartment or how they would arrange their furniture. 

Eugenia High is part of the Charlestown pottery group that makes handmade plates, ornaments, jewelry, and other objects in the community’s on-site arts studio.

From knitting and jewelry making to hand-designed greeting cards, a do-it-yourself fever is making its way across the country.

Matt Stinchcomb, executive director of Etsy, an interactive on-line craft marketplace, believes the rise in crafts can be partly attributed to employment defined by sensory deprivation. 

After ten years of city living, Beverly Hall (right) and Janet Allan moved from Canton in Baltimore, Md., to Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, in search of a worry-free lifestyle.

Beverly Hall and Janet Allan loved living within walking distance of the many attractions and restaurants that make Canton one of Baltimore, Md.’s, most dynamic neighborhoods. For ten years, they enjoyed the convenience of city life.

Beverly Hall and Janet Allan moved from Canton, Md., to Charlestown retirement community for a maintenance-free lifestyle.

Beverly Hall and Janet Allan loved living within walking distance of the many attractions and restaurants that make Canton one of Baltimore, Md.’s, most dynamic neighborhoods. For ten years, they enjoyed the convenience of city life. When they retired, Beverly and Janet were ready to move somewhere they could still pursue their passions that would also meet their needs in the future.

The nature trail is one of the many amenities that attracted Betty Caldwell to Charlestown.

Betty Caldwell loved everything about her Columbia, Md., home, except the stairs. Thirty years of climbing up and down three levels had taken its toll on her knees and got her thinking that maybe it was time for a change.

Participants in the Memory Support Olympic Triathlon.

Nearly 100 Charlestown residents and staff participated in the first Memory Support Olympic Triathlon held to improve individual strength, cardiovascular capacity, cognitive functioning, and flexibility.