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


2020 Resource Guides Available

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

Graphic for the Age-Friendly Howard County survey

NEW! Take the Age-Friendly survey!

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Office on Aging and Independence launched the Age-Friendly Howard County initiative in December 2019. Visit the Age-Friendly webpage for more information and join our mailing list for news of upcoming workshops and ways to get involved. Workgroups have formed and began meeting in late January; minutes will be posted soon on our webpage.


Stepping Up Your Nutrition

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Friday, February 21 / 10:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Department of Community Resources and Services

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia 21046 

Thursday, March 12 / 10:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

North Laurel 50+ Center / 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel 20723                                 

Learn the connection between nutrition, strength and fall prevention in Stepping Up Your Nutrition on February 21 and March 12 at the locations above. Call Malarie Burgess at 410-313-6073 to for more information or to register. Cost: $5/person.


Photo of the Bain 50+ Center in Columbia

Bain 50+ Center Renovation Project to Begin
A Howard County project to renovate the Bain 50+ Center at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, December 16. The Center will remain open during construction, with modified programming. Read more...