Office on Aging and Independence (OAI)


The Office on Aging and Independence promotes the full inclusion of persons with disabilities, addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse cultural community, and supports the desires of our citizens to remain independent as they grow older. Our commitment to a No Wrong Door approach makes it easier for older adults, caregivers, adults with disabilities and their families to find the services they need.

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-6410 (voice/relay)

For general information and assistance, please contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-1234 or email

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Read The 50+ Connection


Get Fit With OAI in 2018!

Photo of a fitness class at the Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center

Register for OAI Programs

The Office on Aging and Independence offers a variety of art, fitness, and continuing education classes, at six convenient 50+ centers throughout the community and at the Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, pictured above. Use the link below to view our offerings.



News and Upcoming Events

Elkridge Community Safety Day

Elkridge Community Safety Day Logo

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is partnering with Howard County Fire and Rescue Services and the Howard County Library System in an event to highlight community safety information, plus face painting, food trucks and more. Free admission. View event flier or call 410-313-5174 for details.  


20th Annual 50+EXPO

Cropper logo from the EXPO flier

Wilde Lake High School / 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

View the 50+EXPO flier

Vendor & Exhibitor Registration Info

Mindfully Map Out Your Future: 50+EXPO Keynote Address by AARP's Amy Goyer

FREE! Register at

Photo of Amy Goyer, the keynote speaker at the 2018 50+EXPO

Learn how to create a plan to maximize your future independence - attend "Mindfully Map Out Your Future," the keynote address at the 50+EXPO, presented by Amy Goyer, AARP's Family and Caregiving expert, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. FREE. For more information or to register in advance, go to All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a $300 gift card; must be present to win.