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How age-friendly is Howard County?

An age-friendly community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services.

What is the Howard County Age-Friendly Initiative?

In December 2019, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Office on Aging and Independence announced the launch of Age-Friendly Howard County, a three- to five-year plan to join the AARP network of age-friendly states and communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization (WHO). Achieving this designation requires a focused effort to create a  “livable” community which ensures that Howard County is a great place for all to grow up and grow older.


What makes a community age-friendly?

An age-friendly community respects everyone regardless of age or stage of life, and provides basic components that make it a safe place to grow old and grow up.  Below are the eight domains of livability identified by AARP and the World Health Organization that help make a community age-friendly:

Eight domains of livability


Get involved in Howard County's Age-Friendly Initiative:


1. Stay informed.

Visit this web page often for the latest news and information. While you are here, join our mailing list to receive notifications about Age-Friendly events and updates.

2. Join a workgroup.

A series of Age-Friendly workgroups has been meeting since January 2020, initially at the Office on Aging and Independence, and virtually via Webex due to Covid-10 restrictions. Email to share your opinions and share your expertise and knowledge about:

  • Social Participation
  • Community and Health Services
  • Work and Civic Engagement
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Transportation
  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • Communication and Information
  • Housing

3.  Sign up for the Age-Friendly email contact list.                             

Sign up for our email contact list to receive updates and information about Age-Friendly Howard County events and more ways to be involved throughout the year.

Age-Friendly Workgroups:

There is an Age-Friendly workgroup for each domains of livability as defined by AARP and the World Health Organization. For more information, contact Terri Hansen, Age-Friendly Manager, at Workgroups meet monthly via WebEx; click to view meeting agendas and minutes:

Outdoor Spaces & Buildings

Meets 3rd Wednesday • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Transportation Options

Meets 2nd Tuesday • 3:00 to 4:30p.m.