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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: