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

In-person tax credit assistance available to help with applications

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, the Howard County Department of Finance and Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Howard County have announced that in-person assistance will be available throughout the spring and summer to help applicants file for a variety of tax credits. A MAP counselor will help residents and business owners identify tax credits that might be available and offer guidance to complete required applications. For a full list of credits and applications, taxpayers should refer to

MAP counselors will be available at the Cashier’s Office at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, on the following dates:
•    Thursday, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•    Wednesday, April 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•    Wednesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Korean language assistance available)
•    Monday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•    Wednesday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MAP counselors are also available at the Bain 50+ Center at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or, call 410-313-1234 (voice/relay) during regular business hours to schedule an office, community or in-home appointment. 

Virtual Dementia Tour Spring Sessions

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