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
Master Aging event logo
Saturday, October 19 / 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Announcing a new take on the 50+EXPO for 2019: "Master Aging: Engage, Educate and Inspire" debuts as a conference-style event with seminars, exhibitors and entertainment 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. at our new location on the campus of Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia. 


SPRING Caregiver Conference

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Saturday, April 27 • 8:30 am to 2:30 pm • FREE
Ellicott City 50+ Center • 9401 Frederick Road

Designed to support family caregivers, conference session topics include vision, hearing and behaviorial changes in those in your care; conflict resolution; technology assistance and more. Free admission with registration includes continental breakfast and lunch (click above for eventbrite registration). Free respite care is also available; call 410-313-7691 to register for respite care by April 19. 


Maryland Law Day 

Maryland Law Day 2019 Flier

Wednesday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Howard County 50+ Centers

Click on the flier above for details. Call the center nearest you for an appointment.