Perry Hall

Empty store reborn as a time machine for the ‘silver tsunami’ of Baby Boomer retirees

The vintage Chevy at Town Square in Perry Hall. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The first thing visitors see at the former Rite Aid is a turquoise 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan, parked next to a Sinclair gas pump with vintage Dino the dinosaur graphics.

All traces of the Perry Hall store’s shelves and pharmacy counter are gone. In their place is a simulated streetscape right out of small-town America, with a series of storefronts that hark back to the walkable shopping districts where people bought goods before big box stores (and Amazon) came along.

Visitors can pick up a Life magazine or Saturday Evening Post from the corner newsstand. Take in a ’50s movie at the town cinema. Select songs from a jukebox in the diner, or play records on an old Victrola.

This time machine of sorts is the central feature of Town Square, an 11,000-square-foot daytime activity center tailored for seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It contains areas for games, exercise, dining and socializing, like other eldercare centers. What makes it so unusual is that everything inside the building is designed to bring back memories of the post–World War II era.

New Community Greenleigh at Crossroads Is City-Style Living Outside the City Limits


Urban or suburban? For new home buyers, it’s an age-old question. Both options have advantages and deciding between the two environments can be a challenge.

Planning Ahead for Old Age: A Custom-Designed, Completely Accessible House In Perry Hall


Hot House: 4520 Joppa Road, Perry Hall, MD 21128



L-shaped custom-designed ranch house, circa 2001, wood frame with vinyl siding, completely handicapped accessible. 3,000 sq. ft., with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths on a private, landscaped, quarter acre lot. Main floor master bedroom, roll- in shower, extra-wide hallways, ramps, vehicle transfer area: $439,000


What: A basic template for a disabled-access house. In pristine condition, this rancher looks like a model home. “I’ve had more interest in this house than any of our other houses,” says the realtor – an indication of the rapidly emerging  market for houses where aging baby boomers can stay in place despite physical limitations.  The current owners designed the house for their disabled daughter, and while every aspect of her needs has been accommodated, the house does not look or feel like a “handicapped house.” The entrance ramp is under the carport, and is not visible from the street. Inside, the spaces are open, and the hallways are wide, allowing a comfortable turning radius for a wheelchair.  Walk though the front door, past the living room into an open, spacious kitchen where the family can be together. Nice finishes and appliances – hardwood and ceramic tile floors, granite counters — make it feel luxurious, and large windows look out onto a sunny backyard. There are two good-sized bedrooms on the main floor, one with an extra large en suite bathroom and big roll-in shower. A shower chair, hand-held faucet and grab bars all aid in accessibility. Built-in storage and shelving (with low-reach availability) here and thoughout the house accommodate large equipment and keep down clutter. The downstairs is another large open space — a great family room or in-law suite. Everything is bright and clean, really like a new house.

Perry Hall High Shooter Coverage: A Round-Up



Mug shot of Robert Wayne Gladden, 15, alleged shooter in the Perry Hall High School incident on Monday.

News about the shooting at Perry Hall High continues.  Here’s the latest from the last two days:

The victim in the shooting, 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, who has Down Syndrome, is still in critical condition. He has a brusied lung and broken ribs, but doctors expect he will make a full recovery, the Huffington Post reports.  The shooter, Robert Wayne Gladden, 15, has been tried as an adult in the crime.