Office on Aging and Independence Events

The Office on Aging and Independence holds several annual events and conferences to provide a variety of educational opportunities for consumers.  Event pages are updated regularly and include helpful links to schedules/programs, registration forms and program descriptions.  


EXPO event Logo

Howard County's 20th annual 50+EXPO was held on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, and featured 170+ vendors and exhibitors of interest to older adults, families, caregivers, care providers and professionals.  Thank you to all who joined us to make this year's event a success, including our sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers. We truly could not put on an event of this magnitude without your support. For more information about the 50+EXPO, visit the 50+EXPO information page



50 Plus Futures Planning Series Logo


Explore options to enhance the ability to live independently in the community. This seven-session series will cover a spectrum of topics essential in the planning process and preparing for the future. Admission is FREE.  View the Futures Planning Flier for dates and registration information.



Graphic for the Caregiver Conference on November 3, 2018

The Office on Aging and Independence holds an annual Caregiver Conference to support and educate those providing care to a loved one.  The 2018 conference, "An Ounce of Prevention"  will be held at the Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042 on Saturday, November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Session topics are geared toward family caregivers and include: Living with Chronic Conditions; Fall Prevention; Advanced Directives, Guardianship and Legal Matters; Medication Mangement; and Benefits of Sound Nutrition. The conference is FREE. Register by October 26 at For more information, contact Kathy Wehr at 410-313-5969 (voice/relay) or email us