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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 will meet every two to four weeks from January through Fall 2020 at the Office on Aging and Independence, located at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia, MD 21046. Email to volunteer for one or more of the following groups to express 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:

If you are interested in joining one of the Age-Friendly workgroups - there is one for each domain of livability as defined by AARP and the World Health Organization - 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.

  • January