Creating an Age-Friendly Howard County

On January 25, 2022, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball released Howard County’s Age-Friendly Action Plan. “Just over two years ago, we launched the Age-Friendly Howard County Initiative with the goal of joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities,” said Ball. “Achieving this designation requires an Age-Friendly Action Plan to create a livable community and ensure Howard County continues to evolve as a great place to grow up and to grow older.”

Cover of the Howard County Age-Friendly Action Plan
 

Age-Friendly Howard County Vision:

Howard County will be a livable community, a great place to grow up and grow older.

You're Invited to an Age-Friendly Lunch & Learn!

Join County Executive Calvin Ball at an upcoming Lunch & Learn as he shares information about the Age-Friendly Howard County Action Plan. Join us to learn what's on the horizon and how you can help make Howard County a safer and healthier place to grow older. Meet members of the work groups who put the action plan together and discuss how we can work together to make Howard County a more livable and age-friendly community. Lunch is provided; registration is required. Registration for the following sessions opens May 31 at https://HoColunchlearn.eventbrite.com

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Learn more about Age-Friendly Howard County
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Age-Friendly Howard County Action Plan
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The Action Plan spells out more than 80 recommendations to bring the county closer to being a more inclusive, accessible, safer and healthier community. It uses the World Health Organization’s Eight Domains of Livability as a guide to examine Howard County’s infrastructure, services, communications and ways of working together. 

Read the Action Plan to see how you, your community association, business, faith community or civic organization can join in to put this plan into effect. Then join in a virtual information session in February to see how you can get involved in the implementation process.

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Age-Friendly Action Plan Survey and Appendices
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For more details about how the Age-Friendly Action Plan was developed, including the community survey, view the following documents:

 

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Help Implement the Age-Friendly Howard County Action Steps
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In order for implementation of the plan to move forward we need you! Virtual sessions to discuss what it means to be an age-friendly community and to highlight the Action Plan Steps will be held virtually in February. That gives you time to review the plan first. Sign up to attend one of the public sessions below. For more information, email [email protected]

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A Video Introduction to Age-Friendly Howard County
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Howard County's Age-Friendly Manager Terri Hansen provides an overview of the initiative and its progress to date.

Help Implement the Age-Friendly Action Plan Steps

We need your help to implement the Age-Friendly Action Plan! Whether you are in school, working full- or part-time, or retired, your skills and input are invaluable to help to make the 80 action steps a reality.

Do you enjoy public speaking or motivating others? Are you a writer or grant writer, or enjoy planning and participating in community events? Do you have a passion for developing policy and making change happen? There is a role for everyone in the Age-Friendly implementation process. 

Let us know your interest in moving the Age-Friendly Action Plan forward by signing up for the contact list below. Please indicate your interest in working on one or more of the Age-Friendly workgroups by checking any and all boxes that apply. 

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Workgroup Agendas and Minutes
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Outdoor Spaces & Buildings
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Meets 3rd Wednesday • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

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Transportation Options
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Meets 2nd Tuesday • 3:00 to 4:30p.m.

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Housing
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Meets 1st Friday • 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

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Social Participation
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Meets 4th Monday • 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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Respect & Social Inclusion
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Meets 4th Wednesday • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

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Work & Civic Engagement
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Meets 2nd Thursday • 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

  • February 2021 Agenda and Minutes
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Communication & Information
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Meets 3rd Thursday • 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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Community Support & Health Services
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Meets 3rd Tuesday • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

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