9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
The Office on Aging & Independence serves as Howard County’s premier resource for dynamic, quality of life programs, services and supports for all ages of adulthood.
OAI's mission is to ensure that Howard County older adults and persons with disabilities have the resources they need to grow, thrive, and live with dignity, by improving access to services and supports, promoting individual choice, and enhancing efficiency and quality of services. Our priorities are:
Call the DCRS Emergency Status Hotline for information about closings or delays, at 410-313-7777.
Read the December issue of the Office on Aging & Independence's digital newsletter to learn about planning for the future, coming events at 50+ Centers, coping with grief and support for caregivers during the holidays. Subscribe now to have each issue delivered to your inbox.
Join us for a meal at a Howard County 50+ Center to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, celebrate a birthday or just enjoy a nutritious lunch! Five of the Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) 50+ Centers offer lunch on various days of the week – Bain, Ellicott City, Elkridge, Glenwood, and North Laurel. For more information, view the December menus.
Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Howard County is the gateway for information and assistance for older adults, persons with disabilities, family members and caregivers who need or want to plan for future needs.
Pursue an active and vital lifestyle through the many offerings at Howard County’s 50+ Centers. Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services including fitness programs, educational opportunities in the arts and humanities; wellness classes and many opportunities for social and recreational activities.
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. Click to view more information and the eight domains of livability identified by AARP and the World Health Organization that help make a community age-friendly.
A range of services to assist older adults to remain independent in the community with support.
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) is paving the way for a more digitally inclusive Howard County.
Improving the health and quality of life for older adults and persons with disabilities through a variety of programs and services including exercise, fitness and nutrition programs, wellness classes and evidence-based programs.
Older adult housing options are numerous, and include independent living communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. MAP can assist you in navigating all the housing options available and determine those that are most appropriate for you or your loved one.
Learn about a variety of programs and services that support healthy aging in the community.
Various opportunities to engage with your community.
If you would like to request the Office on Aging and Independence to provide a presentation or participate in a community event, please click here to complete the request form . Please submit the request form at least 2 weeks prior to the event, and allow 3-5 business days for decisions to be made.
The Howard County Commission on Aging is a 15-member volunteer advisory board to the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence. The Commission accomplishes its work through the activities of task forces and committees, researches legislation at the county and state level that impacts the health and wellbeing of older adults and their families, and provides testimony when appropriate. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council for three-year terms. They represent diverse professional backgrounds, various age and ethnic groups, and many geographic areas of the county.
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Maryland has a new way to connect to local behavioral health crisis services.
Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which encompasses all behavioral crisis services, to include all mental health and substance use (problems with drug and alcohol use).
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline replaces the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline AND expands services to cover all behavioral health crisis services.
Learn more about 988 in Maryland.