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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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
HopeWorks presents: Telling This Truth

Graphic for the HopeWorks Telling this Truth event on October 18 at the Bain 50+ Center

In partnership with the Bain 50+ Center, HopeWorks presents "Telling This Truth," a performance featuring the voices of survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Attendees are asked to donate $10 at the door to support HopeWorks, or purchase an item from the October pantry needs list. For reservations, call 410-313-7213 (voice/relay). 


20th Annual 50+EXPO

Cropped logo from the 50+EXPO flier

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

View the 50+EXPO flier

View the 50+EXPO Program

Register for the Keynote Address

Vendor & Exhibitor Registration Info


Mindfully Map Out Your Future, 50+EXPO Keynote Address 
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 at "Mindfully Map Out Your Future," the 50+EXPO keynote address 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 (Howard County employees are not eligible). 


An Ounce of Prevention Caregiver Conference

An Ounce of Prevention Caregiver Conference graphic

Saturday, November 3 / 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ellicott City 50+ Center / 9401 Frederick Road / Ellicott City 21042

Free admission with registration; includes continental breakfast and box lunch. Free respite care provided. Register at