Howard County Office on Aging and Independence

At the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, our goal is to provide the tools to help you live your best life across the entire lifespan, regardless of physical or mental impairment or financial status. There are a myriad of programs and opportunities available for older adults and individuals with disabilities within the Office on Aging and Independence (OAI).

We are pleased to partner with the Beacon to present the 2020Virtual Expo for Older Adults and Adults living with Disabilities. This Expo is designed to highlight services and programs that support successful aging in our community.

Prior to this past year, few of us would have envisioned living through a pandemic that has challenged us and involved adjusting to new realities. The OAI is a trusted resource and has adapted programs and services to continue to serve our great community during this changed and evolving landscape. Our goal is not only to assist older adults and individuals living with disabilities to survive during these most challenging times, but to truly thrive.

The OAI/Beacon Virtual Expo is sharing comprehensive information on resources that promote healthy aging, lifelong learning, and supportive services in and around Howard County. At this time, many of these services are being delivered remotely to include an interactive virtual 50+ Center, robust health, wellness and fitness programs for all levels, information and assistance for wide-ranging needs, including home modifications, caregiver supports, transportation options, and home health resources, among others.

The Age-Friendly Howard County initiative is nearing the completion of its first year. This last year of unprecedented experiences coincided with a very exciting time as we worked with partners and neighbors to change the narrative around aging in our communities, while ensuring that our services are inclusive to meet the diverse needs of older adults and individuals living with disabilities. We especially want to acknowledge the hard work of the members of Howard County’s Commission on Aging for their foresight, advocacy, and hard work in making the Age Friendly initiative a priority for our communities.

We encourage you to learn more about the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence and Age-Friendly Howard County. Now more than ever, Howard County is a place for all ages and individuals to live, work, and play!

Our Maryland Access Point (MAP) team is your go-to resource to help connect you to available resources and assist with navigating this comprehensive network. Our No Wrong Door approach strives to empower individuals and caregivers to make informed decisions, provide services that focus on the individual’s goals and preferences, supports long term care needs and creates access across our broad network.

Please connect with us on Facebook to learn about our latest events and offerings around our community. Lastly, if you have questions or need further assistance, please contact our Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-1234. We would love to hear from you!

We hope you enjoy this virtual Expo!