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

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Read The 50+ Connection


2020 Resource Guides Available

Photo of the cover of the 2020 Resource Guide for older adults and adults with disabilities

The 2020 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 2020 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
Paws4Comfort Holiday Drive

Paws4Comfort Holiday Drive Flier

For more information about Paws4Comfort's holiday gift drive, or to register your pet for a free evaluation to participate in the visiting program, contact Ingrid Gleysteen at 410-313-7461.


Focus on Direct Care Providers: Stress Response and Resilience

Stress Response Flier

This seminar is presented by Maria Mouratidis, PsyD, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Departments of Psychology and Criminology, Notre Dame of Maryland University and offered by the Health and Wellness Division of the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence in partnership with the Local Health Improvement Coalition. Cost: $15; CEU's available. Register by December 9 at For more information, contact Karen Hull at 410-313-7466.


Thank you to the 2019 Master Aging sponsors