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.

Jenna Crawley, Administrator 

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

Searchable online MAP database:

Read The 50+ Connection


2019 Resource Guides Available

Photo of the cover of the 2019 Resource Guide for older adults and adults with disabilities

The 2019 edition of Howard County's Resource Guide for Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers has been published. Free copies are available at all Howard County 50+ centers and libraries. To have a single copy mailed to you, call Maryland Access Point, 410-313-1234 (voice/relay). To request larger quantities for your office or community location, contact the Office on Aging and Independence at 410-313-6410 to arrange for pickup at OAI offices, 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia, 21046. The 2019 Resource Guide may also be viewed online.


Register for OAI Programs

The Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) 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. Use the link below to view our offerings.



News and Upcoming Events

Support Project Holiday!

2018 Project Holiday flier

The Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) and the Office of Children and Families (OCF) need your help to make the holidays a little brighter for Howard County older adults, families and children in need. Please consider donating a new gift or personal care item for low-income seniors who reside in assisted living facilities or in the community, and/or a new toy or book for children age 0 to 5. See the Project Holiday flier for more details, or contact Tomiko Thomas at OAI, 410-313-6542, or Kaya Swann at OCF, 410-313-1453. Drop off items at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Deadline is December 10. 

Community Conversation: An Encore Adulthood Program

Community Conversation event logo

Tuesday, December 4 / 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Elkridge 50+ Center / 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge 21075

Register: 410-313-5192

Join an interactive discussion to DISCOVER your next big steps, and what REALLY makes you tick. What is that ONE thing (or more) on your bucket list? Are you finally ready to make the LEAP into uncharted territory? Join us for conversation about these topics and others.


Mental Health Series: Good for Your Head and Your Heart 
Caregiver Mental Health Series flier

FREE. One last session on Tuesday, December 4 - join us! Click on the flier above to register or contact Kathy Wehr at 410-313-5955.


Tuesday, December 4: Senior Health Insurance Basics

Tuesday, December 11: Safeguards to Avoid Fraud, Abuse and Exploitation

Sessions are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. Explore options to enhance the ability to live independently in the community. This seven-session series will cover a spectrum of topics essential in the planning process and preparing for the future. Admission is FREE. View the Series Flier.