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. 

Charlestown residents Barbara Carlisle (left) and Phyllis Lansing are among the dozens of volunteers who help make sure Election Day goes smoothly at the Catonsville, Md., Erickson Living community.

On November 8, voters across the country will head to their local schools, community centers, and churches to cast their ballot for the 2016 presidential election.

Charlestown Sales Associate Jim Hawes (center) began working at the Erickson Living community just a few years before his parents Gwen and Jim Hawes, Sr. moved into the community.

Ellicott City, Md., native Jim Hawes grew up just down the street from Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville. Now he is a sales associate at the community where he plays an integral part in helping people considering Charlestown as their next home.

began working at the Erickson Living community just a few years before his parents Gwen and Jim Hawes, Sr. moved into the community.

Ellicott City, Md., native Jim Hawes grew up just down the street from Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville. Now he is a sales associate at the community where he plays an integral part in helping people considering Charlestown as their next home.

Riding an elephant was among the many adventures Charlestown resident Diane Lyons experienced on her recent trip to Africa.

This summer, while the rest of us were sitting in traffic on our way to the beach or waiting in line at a theme park, Diane Lyons was 7,650 miles from home, zip-lining at Victoria Falls and mingling with lions in the African bush. 

View of winter weather through a window.

Freezing temperatures, slick and dangerous roads, mounds of snow that need shoveling, and heating systems that give out on the day you need them most—there’s plenty to dread about Mid-Atlantic winters.

Sixth floor residents of Charlestown’s Brookside residence building: (back row, from left) Norma Files, Judy Brown, Tenney Brown, Eugene Gilhooly, and Ellen Morris; (front row, from left) Valerie Ponsini and Margaret Cutchins.

The advent of email, smart phones, and Facebook has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family. But when it comes to getting to know our neighbors, most of us are out of touch. New data show Americans are less likely today than four decades ago to socialize regularly with their neighbors.