CATONSVILLE, MD---In 1906, only 30 people lived in Las Vegas, and eggs cost 14 cents per dozen.
For twenty-four residents residing at Charlestown retirement community, a lifetime of change continues as they enter their second century.
"Technology and health advances are incredible," described Mary Walker, a native Baltimorean.
Ms. Walker was one of the twenty-four centenarians honored at a birthday celebration held on October 18th at the Catonsville-based Erickson Living community. Many of the honorees invited family members and friends.
Timothy Sanna is the Director of Extended Care at Charlestown. "It was a remarkable evening as we celebrated the lives of these special residents," stated Mr. Sanna. "They have traveled the world, raised families and made a difference in their careers and communities. These residents continue to share their wisdom and provide inspiration to their family, friends and those of us fortunate to be with them every day."
Ms. Walker, a former member of the Mount Washington Social Club and St. John's Episcopal Church, agreed. "I had a great time at the party. It was fun to see all of my friends at Charlestown, and the birthday cake was delicious."
The twenty-four honored guests are in an exclusive club. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 70,490 centenarians in the country as of September, 2010, roughly 1 per 4,400 people.
Staying active is key, health experts say. The Programming Department, a thirteen-member team serving each member of Charlestown's Skilled Nursing and Assisted living residences, is dedicated to planning a variety of daily activities enjoyed by the group.
"We are so proud of our centenarians," stated Pamela Silberman, Program Manager at Charlestown. "They participate in our daily programs that seek to meet individual and recreational preferences. You'll find them engaged in themed parties, art classes, trivia challenges, exercise programs and music performances happening seven days a week."
So what is one centenarian's secret? "Have fun in what you do and have faith. My faith has been very important to me throughout my life," said Ms. Walker.
About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.