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

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Read The 50+ Connection


Virtual Offerings Guide Available

Virtual Program Guide July 13 - 31

NEW! View the Virtual Offerings Guide for July 13 - 31 

View the Virtual Offerings Guide for June 29 - July 10 

As we each take steps to maintain our optimal health and wellness during the coronavirus pandemic, please know that the staff at Howard County Office on Aging and Independence continues to serve our community.

While our Patuxent Woods office, 50+ centers and the Loan Closet of Howard County are closed to the public, many of our employees are teleworking, and we are committed to providing excellent service and an optimal customer experience. For our residents and program registrants, we are offering virtual programs to engage, inspire and motivate. This includes exercise classes in various formats and levels as well as lifelong learning, social and creative opportunities.

Click here for information and registration details on our new virtual offerings, including our new monthly exercise pass.


2020 Resource Guides Available

Photo of the cover of the 2020 Resource Guide for older adults and adults with disabilities

The 2020 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 2020 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 & Coming Events
Farmers Market Coupon Book Distribution

Photo of Farmer's Market produce

The Office on Aging and Independence has a limited number of farmers’ market coupon books to distribute on Friday, July 31, beginning at 9 a.m. at the East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, ($30 value, redeemable for fruits and vegetables). To be eligible, you must be a Howard County resident age 60 and over, with an annual income $23,606 or less for a one-person household, or $31,894 for a two-person household. Limit of one coupon book per household, to be used at participating farmers' markets. Participants must show proof of age and residency; income eligibility is self-declared. The contactless distribution is held outdoors; face masks are required. Any remaining coupons will be distributed on Wednesday, August 5 at 1 p.m. at the Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Questions? Contact Maryland Access Point, 410-313-1234 (voice/relay) or


OAI on YouTube

Check out our latest videos and playlist with helpful tips on living well during the COVID-19 pandemic response. 

Coronavirus & Older Adults
Grab & Go Meal Distribution
A limited amount of frozen meal packs are available for older adults age 60+ who are experiencing food access issues during COVID-19. The SUGGESTED donation is $47.32 per SEVEN-PACK MEAL KIT ($6.76/meal). Donations ensure the continued viability of the program; a donation envelope is provided with each kit. For more information or to register (required) call Maryland Access Point at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay). 

Grab and Go Meal Distribution Flier


Powerful Tools for Caregivers (via WebEx)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers flier

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is now offered online via WebEx! This six-week series is designed to help caregivers reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate more effectively; manage emotions; and make tough caregiving decisions. View the program flier for day and evening sessions. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Wehr at 410-313-5955 (voice/relay) or Materials and WebEx link will be provided prior to the first class.
Senior Call Check Program

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The Maryland Department of Aging is encouraging residents over the age of 65 to participate in this free program. Click the image above for more information on enrollment, call-time schedules and more.

Age Friendly Howard County logo

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Office on Aging and Independence launched the Age-Friendly Howard County initiative in December 2019. Visit the Age-Friendly webpage for more information and join our mailing list for news of upcoming workshops and ways to get involved.