If retirement living is on the horizon and you’re searching for a location to support the high quality of life you’ve planned for, retirement in Waldorf, Maryland may be the perfect backdrop.

Where you decide to launch your new lifestyle can greatly impact its success. When considering your home base, you’ll want to choose a location that can provide the following elements:

  • An accessible residence and community
  • Opportunities to meet and make new friends
  • Easy access to activities as well as physical and cognitive fitness
  • Social interactions and events
  • Healthy and delicious dining options
  • Medical centers and hospitals
  • Local shopping centers and services
  • Easy transportation alternatives
  • Security and safety features

The benefits of remaining active in retirement can include improved brain health, stronger bones and muscles and better sleep quality, while reducing the risk of certain diseases, depression and anxiety.

Older adults who experience social isolation and loneliness may discover an increased risk of cognitive decline, high blood pressure and heart disease. Spending time with family and friends can brighten your mood and boost your happiness. The best retirement involves many opportunities to stay engaged, enjoy friendships and take care of your health.

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Plan for an engaging retirement in Waldorf, Maryland

With a population of 81,000, you’ll enjoy the suburban life and easy access to Washington D.C. – only 23 miles away. But that’s only the beginning.


Journey to the nearby Potomac River and visit the National Harbor featuring the Capital Wheel Ferris wheel, the famous “Kissing Sailor” statue, as well as shops and restaurants. Spend a day at The Yards in Washington, D.C. and stroll the gardens or the Anacostia River’s boardwalk. Or check out Old Town Alexandria offering shopping, entertainment and more than 200 restaurants.

Festivals and arts

Stop by the Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival in April at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. In May, you can visit rare and unique cars at the Old Town Festival of Speed & Style in Alexandria. When fall arrives you’ll want to attend the Charles County Fair in LaPlata, which features entertainment, vendors and exhibitions.

Don’t miss The Little Theatre of Alexandria or the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. In the mood for history? Stop by the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum. If the grandkids are visiting, a trip to the Fairytale Museum in Waldorf is in order.

Delicious dining

Kickstart your day at Starbucks or Clarity Coffee House at Indian Head. Meet friends for drinks at the Patuxent Brewing Company or La Fromagerie Wine Bar & Bistro. If you’re hungry for casual fare, try Momi’s Kitchen for delicious Mediterranean or Red Tails Ocean Grille for seafood and home style cooking. Fine dining in Waldorf includes BRABO Brasserie or Bistro Cacao among others.

Visit the Waldorf Farmers Market each Saturday June-November or the La Plata Farmers Market, open April-November on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Don’t miss Old Town Farmers Market in Alexandria, the nations’ oldest farmers market held every Saturday.

Staying active

Staying active provides the perfect foundation for a healthy retirement. Meet your fitness goals at eXurb Fitness or one of the programs at Charles County Recreation & Parks. Improve balance at Shabach Yoga Studio or kick it into a higher gear at Jazzercise East Waldorf. If swimming is your sport, make the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center part of your routine.

Visit the trails at Friendship Farm Park or hike at Maxwell Hall Park. Or if you prefer to walk the links, try the public White Plains Golf Course or the National Golf Club. Birdwatch at the Piscataway Maryland Ornithological Society Sanctuary or if fishing is your passion, try catch-and-release at Wheatly Lake or cast your line at Fort Washington Park for Potomac River fishing near the lighthouse.

Making friendships

You’ll find it easy to make new lifelong friends at the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center and the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata with a wide range of activities, sports, exercise classes and events. And for those who want to give back to the community, search for volunteer opportunities on Southern Maryland Online, volunteermatch.com or contact local non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society or food banks to learn about other options.

The Charleston Senior Living Community

Locally owned and operated, we offer personalized care by our dedicated team members. Setting a new standard in Assisted Living and Memory Care, we don’t define our residents by their limitations or illness but instead believe in focusing on the positive and the possibility.

The Charleston Senior Community includes private apartments for assisted living residents and for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Your loved ones will benefit from our attention to detail, routine health assessments, delicious dining and daily activity programs as we support everyone to live their best life.

Consider a few of our amenities:

  • Chef-led dining program
  • Community movie theater
  • Salon
  • Ballroom
  • Live entertainment
  • Outdoor patio
  • Social lounges
  • Housekeeping

If you or your family is thinking about Assisted living or Memory care, we hope you will consider The Charleston Senior Community. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions, contact us today.

We also invite you to download our complimentary Successful Transitions guide to learn more about making the move to senior living.

Guide to successful senior living transitions