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. While centers are currently closed due to the pandemic, virtaul programs are available. View the Virtual Offerings Guide to find out more.
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. While centers remain closed, the Grab & Go Meal Distribution program offers older adults access to a week's worth of nutrituous meals for one low cost. Click here for details.
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.