As we each take steps to maintain our optimal health and wellness during the coronavirus pandemic, please know that the staff at Howard County Office on Aging and Independence continues to serve our community.
While our Patuxent Woods office, 50+ centers and the Loan Closet of Howard County are closed to the public, many of our employees are teleworking, and we are committed to providing excellent service and an optimal customer experience. For our residents and program registrants, we are offering virtual programs to engage, inspire and motivate. This includes exercise classes in various formats and levels as well as lifelong learning and creative opportunities.
Click here for information and registration details on our new virtual offerings, and the new monthly exercise pass option.
Effective immediately, all group programs, events and activities scheduled for our 50+ Centers are suspended. This includes all exercise classes and programs. All Social Day programs for our most vulnerable members and members with special needs are also suspended. All 50+ Centers are closed in accordance with the guidance issued by the Office of the Governor through the duration of the State of Emergency.
Pursue an active and vital lifestyle through the many offerings at Howard County’s 50+ Centers. Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services including fitness programs, educational opportunities in the arts and humanities; wellness classes and many opportunities for social and recreational activities, including volunteer opportunities. The new Go50+ fitness center membership packages are designed to enhance the quality of life, health and well-being for those 50 and over.
The Office on Aging and Independence operates six 50+ Centers, one nutrition site and therapeutic programs for individuals with additional needs. The Connections Social Day Program operates in three of the county’s locations: Ellicott City, Glenwood and North Laurel, offering specialized therapeutic programs and activities. The Kindred Spirits Social Club, a club for individuals with a diagnosis of early stage memory loss, is offered at the Glenwood and the North Laurel 50+ Centers.
Centers offer a noontime meal for individuals age 60+ and their spouses of any age. Voluntary, anonymous contributions are requested for meals. Individuals under age 60 may purchase a meal at its full cost. The nutrition program provides one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), and offers a great opportunity to dine and socialize with others.
Membership in Howard County 50+ Centers is free, but registration is required. Visit the center nearest you to register or download a registration packet to complete. Once registered, you will receive a membership card and you can avail yourself of all of the programs offered at any of the 50+ Centers. You may also sign up for activities and programs online.
The Bain and Ellicott City 50+ Centers are available to rent for private and community events.
Click on the image above to visit Maryland Department of Aging's resource guide for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/coronavirus for Howard County's resources and guidelines.
The Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) facilities, including 50+ Centers, the Loan Closet, Patuxent Woods offices, and the Multiservice Center, will make all reasonable attempts to open on time in the event of inclement weather.
Call the DCRS Inclement Weather Line at 410-313-7777 (voice/relay) to learn of any delayed openings or closings. Additional Inclement Weather Updates can be found at www.howardcountymd.gov/DCRS or www.Facebook.com/HoCoCommunity.
If Howard County Public Schools are delayed or closed, DCRS classes and programs status is as follows:
If Howard County Public Schools cancel evening and weekend activities:
Should weather conditions deteriorate, please call or check the operating status before going to the DCRS facility. All DCRS facilities are closed when Howard County Government is closed.
DCRS Facilities Phone Numbers
Bain 50+ Center 410-313-7213 Loan Closet 410-313-0363
East Columbia 50+ Center 410-313-7680 MultiService Center 410-313-0220
Elkridge 50+ Center 410-313-5192 Office of Children & Families 410- 313-1442
Ellicott City 50+ Center 410-313-1400 Patuxent Woods 410-313-6400
Glenwood 50+ Center 410-313-5440
North Laurel 50+ Center 410-313-0380