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Health and Wellness


Promoting healthy aging in Howard County

The goal of the Health and Wellness Division of the Howard County Office on Aging is to improve the health and quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities living in Howard County. To accomplish this goal, Health and Wellness offers innovative, accessible, and affordable programs and services at 50+ centers and other community locations; sponsors special events throughout the year; and coordinates ongoing health and wellness programs, including:

For more information on any of the above programs, please contact Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP) via Email or at 410-313-5980 (voice/relay), or contact the Heath and Wellness Division


Exercise Counseling...

Get moving and keep moving, with free consultations on an array of exercise-related topics including: getting started; using exercise to help manage health conditions; selecting the right exercise class; and personalized at-home programs. For more information, view the list of current class descriptions, our brochure, or contact Jennifer Lee, Exercise Specialist, through Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP), 410-313-5980.


Living Well: Take Charge of Your Health...

Living Well is designed for those living with one or more chronic conditions. Developed by Stanford University, Living Well participants meet for 2 ½ hours once a week for six weeks. Lay leaders address topics such as: nutrition, physical activity, medication management, and goal setting. If you are interested in attending a Living Well class, contact Wendy Farthing through Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-5980 or email MAP to inquire about upcoming sessions.


A Matter of Balance...

A Matter of Balance is an effective fall prevention program for older adults developed by Boston University. The program meets for two hours once a week for eight weeks. Classes help participants learn to:

  •  View falls - and the fear of falling - as controllable
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • Incorporate exercise into each day to increase strength and balance

For more information about A Matter of Balance, call Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-5980 or email MAP.


Enhance Fitness...

Enhance Fitness is a fitness class that meets three times a week for one hour. Exercises are specially designed for the older adult, and have been proven to increase endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Included in the class are free fitness checks to help track personal performance and improvement. For more information about Enhance Fitness and locations, call Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-5980 or email MAP.


Nutrition Counseling...

Nutrition Counseling, a free one–on–one nutrition assessment with a Registered Dietitian, is offered at Howard County 50+ centers by appointment. During each half-hour appointment, individuals will learn to:

  • Set personal goals
  • Develop healthy eating patterns and lifestyle changes
  • Learn how to manage the nutrition aspect of diseases/conditions

To schedule a nutrition assessment, contact your local center, call Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-5980 or email MAP.


SeniorsTogether Peer Support Groups...

The SeniorsTogether peer support program was created as an opportunity for older adults to both give and receive support. Programs and activities are designed to nurture interaction among older adult peers to foster a positive outlook, develop social networks, and support a thriving aging process.

SeniorsTogether Support Groups are a core element of the program, providing a safe, confidential environment for meeting others, sharing concerns, finding help, and staying stimulated. Other activities organized by the program include periodic luncheons, speaker engagements and special workshops. All SeniorsTogether activities are developed with sensitivity to sensory and mobility issues. View the SeniorsTogether brochure for more information.


Mental Health Programs...

The Office on Aging provides mental health programming in a variety of ways. The “Ask Dr. Dan” series features discussions by Humanim's Dr. Dan Storch, a Psychiatrist certified in Geriatrics, and are offered at different 50+ centers over the course of a year. Dr. Storch leads discussions on a variety of emotional wellness topics, in a relaxed atmosphere where questions and feedback are encouraged.
Emotional wellness and mental health programming also include specialized group programs that cover topics like relationships, depression, and emotional well being. These programs are offered in 50+ centers or at other community locations for older adults.

Training on older adult mental health issues can be provided on request to community groups, professional or faith-based organizations. Available topics cover a broad spectrum of older adult and mental health concerns, and can be tailored to the requesting organization's needs.

For more information about SPRING programs and support groups, or other mental health programs, please contact Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or email khull@howardcountymd.gov.



Interested in volunteering? The Office on Aging has many special events and ongoing opportunities for vounteers. Visit www.hocovolunteer.org to find out ways you can lend a hand in Howard County, contact your local 50+ center, or call 410-313-5956 for more information or volunteer suggestions.



Volunteer with your pet! Pet evaluations are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. For more information, click here to view our brochure, or download an application. (Pets must be at least one year old, and must have lived with you for 6 months.)  If you have questions, call or email Ingrid Gleysteen, 410-313-7461.



Cycle2Health is a non-competitive, peer-led bicycling club for adults of all ages and riding abilities, coordinated by the Health & Wellness Division of the Howard County Office on Aging.   Registration for the current cycling season begins in January and continues through the season.  To receive Cycle2Health information by email, please join the C2H listserve by sending an email to howardcountycycle2health@gmail.com 


Contact us:

Health and Wellness Division                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Howard County Office on Aging

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive

Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: 410-313-6410 (voice/relay)

Email: aging@howardcountymd.gov