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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Master Aging Event October 19, 2019



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

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Saturday, October 19 / 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia 21044
NEW! View the Master Aging Program, your guide to the event!

"Master Aging: Engage, Educate and Inspire" is a conference-style event with seminars, exhibitors and entertainment to reframe the concepts of aging and provide opportunities for continued growth for the 50+ community. This new format replaces the 50+EXPO, and will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in three buildings on the campus of Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia. Admission is $1.00 and plenty of free onsite parking is available. Don't miss the 2019 keynote address by Besthesda-based author Kerry Hannon (see below for details and to register). Click here for more info about Master Aging...


"Never Too Old to Get Rich" with Kerry Hannon

Cover photo of Kerry Hannon's book

Master Aging Keynote / October 19 / 11:00 a.m.
Smith Theatre / Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center

Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

NEW! Meet Master Aging keynote speaker and author Kerry Hannon!

Register for the Keynote: "Never Too Old to Get Rich"

Kerry Hannon, one of the nation’s top experts on careers for older adults is the keynote speaker at Master Aging: Engage, Educate & Inspire on October 19 at Howard Community College. Her new book, and the title of her keynote address, is Never too Old to Get Rich - The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-life. Hannon will share tips on how to start a business, who should do it - and who shouldn’t - as well as examples of entrepreneurial success stories and lessons learned along the way. Read more and register to attend at