Explore 50+ Centers

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.

Activities at 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.

Inclement Weather Policy

We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather; closing is a last resort. However:  

  • If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County or Howard County Government is closed, all Howard County 50+ Centers and the Loan Closet of Howard County will be closed. 
  • If Howard County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, all 50+ Centers and the Loan Closet of Howard County will have a delayed opening; all 50+ Centers and the Loan Closet will aim to open at noon.
  • When Howard County Public Schools are closed, the Connections Social Day Programs and Kindred Spirits Social Clubs will be closed to participants.
  • In the event of a 2 hour delay by the Howard County Public School System, all Howard County 50+ Centers and the Loan Closet will open at 10 a.m. and all operations will begin at this time. The Connections Social Day Programs and Kindred Spirits Social Clubs will be closed in the event of a 2 hour delay.
  • In the event of a 1 hour delay all Centers and the Loan Closet (including the Connections Social Day Programs and Kindred Spirits Social Clubs) will be open, with programming and operations as usual.
  • If Howard County Public Schools are dismissed early due to inclement weather and after-school activities are suspended, Center programs and the Loan Closet operations may be affected.
  • In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status Line, 410-313-7777 (voice/relay), or call one of the 50+ Centers or the Loan Closet of Howard County for up to date information. 
Bain 50+ Center 410-313-7213
East Columbia 50+ Center 410-313-7680
Elkridge 50+ Center 410-313-5219
Ellicott City 50+ Center 410-313-1400
Glenwood 50+ Center 410-313-5440
North Laurel 50+ Center 410-313-0380
Loan Closet of Howard County 410-313-0363