The Office on Aging & Independence (OAI) is 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 to:

  • Decrease social isolation and increase social connection
  • Expand ethnic & cultural diversity across programs & services
  • Promote healthy aging

Call the Emergency Status Hotline for information about closings or delays, at 410-313-7777.


Publications & Reports


Subscribe to the latest publications, reports and plans for the Office on Aging and Independence, including OAI's digital newsletter, distributed via Constant Contact, and the 50+ Connection, published monthly in the Howard County Beacon.


Volunteer Opportunities


Various opportunities to engage with your community.


Community Engagement and Outreach Request


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.

2024 Howard County Resource Guide for Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers

The Howard County Resource Guide for Older Adults, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers has been newly updated for 2024.

2023 Highlights

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is the Regional Leader in innovative programs and services that promotes independence, respect and dignity for older adults and adults with disabilities.

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Join us for lunch at 50+ Centers

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 current menus.

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Commission on Aging

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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Get email updates on 50+ center activities, health and wellness programs, virtual and in-person classes and other services from the Office on Aging and Independence.


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Ofelia Ross Ott
Alison Gerber
Operations Division Manager
Courtney Harangozo
Health Promotion and Nutrition Division Manager
Terri Hansen
Age-Friendly Manager
Matt Madera
50+ Center Division Manager
Peters Omoregie
Home and Community Based Services Division Manager

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