Health & Wellness Programs for Older Adults

 A group of older adults gets a tour and demo of the Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center with Howard County Office on Aging and Independence staff.


Promoting healthy aging in Howard County

The goal of the Health and Wellness Division of the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is to improve the health and quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities living in Howard County. To accomplish this goal, Health and Wellness offers innovative, accessible, and affordable programs and services at 50+ centers and other community locations; sponsors special events throughout the year; and coordinates ongoing health and wellness programs.  For more information on programs, explore the links below or contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) via email or at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay).


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Click here to view the current guide to Virtual Programs offered via WebEx (use password HoCo50+) and learn more about our NEW monthly exercise pass.  

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Health & Wellness Programs

Go50+ Fitness Membership

Our Go50+ membership packages are designed to enhance the quality of life for the 50+ adult population that lives, works, and plays in Howard County.

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50+ Centers
Membership includes access to Gary J. Arthur, Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center and North Laurel Community Centers and all Howard County 50+ Centers, including game room areas, gymnasiums, walking tracks, and wellness programs.

Membership includes all 50+ Center benefits, plus fitness rooms and dance/aerobics studios, where available.  Resident cost: $75 per year.  Nonresident cost $100 per year.

All Go50+Fitness benefits, plus pool access during open swim hours.  Resident cost: $175 per year. Non resident cost: $225 per year.

View our flyer for additional information and locations.


Paws4Comfort 2020 Schedule

NOTICE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, monthly pet evaluations are temporarily suspended.  Please check back soon for updates. 

Do you have an outgoing, friendly, well-behaved dog or cat? If you think your pet has what it takes to make friendly visits or work in a therapeutic setting, we need you! It's fun and rewarding for everyone! For more information, view our brochure or download an application

To volunteer, pets must be at least one year old and must have lived with you for at least six months. Your pet must be properly licensed in its county of residence. Pets fed raw bones, treats, or a raw food diet cannot participate. Pets must be evaluated for temperament and suitability; a vet check is also req