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, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-1234 or email

Searchable online MAP database:

Read The 50+ Connection


NEW! 2021 Howard County Resource Guide

Cover of the 2021 Resource Guide

Click on the cover above to view the digital edition of the Resource Guide. To request a paper copy, contact Maryland Access Point at 410-313-1234.

Virtual Offerings Guide Available

Virtual Programs Guide October 2020

NEW! Virtual Offerings Guide November 2020

Virtual Offerings Guide October 2020

Korean American Senior Association Virtual Program Guide

While our Patuxent Woods office, 50+ centers and the Loan Closet of Howard County are closed to the public,  our employees remain 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.


News & Coming Events
OAI Virtual Showcase: A Master Aging Experience
View the OAI Showcase Program Schedule
OAI Showcase banner ad

Thank you to everyone who attended the Office on Aging and Independence's first virtual showcase of its programs and services, presented via Webex. We hope the combination of live and pre-recorded educated and entertained you, as well as inspired you to embrace aging! Many segments will be reposted here over the coming week for reference. For information or assistance, call 410-313-1234 (voice/relay) or email     


HoCo 50+ Virtual Fitness Pass

Virtual Fitness Pass flier

Stay active, healthy and connected from home with a HoCo50+ Virtual Fitness Pass. For one monthly fee, you can access a wide variety of exercise classes via Webex using a laptop, tablet or personal computer. To participate in the Fitness Pass, you must be a member of Howard County’s 50+ Centers. The monthly fee is $50; click on the flier above for details.  View the October Virtual Programs Guide for a full schedule of classes.

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

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.