When Columbia was created more than 40 years ago, it was known as “the city without grandparents.”

Today, according to the Howard County Office on Aging, seniors have made the county one of the fastest-growing jurisdictions in Maryland in the over-60 age group. From housing to health care to clubs, the county offers a wealth of programs and services for seniors. (The county has more than 17 active adult communities designated for residents 55 and older, and more are planned. From townhouses to single-family homes to condominiums, each features a variety of design elements and maintenance options.)

HOUSING

In addition to the sampling below, the county has a number of assisted-living facilities and retirement and life-care communities. For more senior housing information, call 410-313-6542.


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Designated Senior Housing

> Colonial Landing, Elkridge
410-796-4399
> Evergreens, Columbia
410-531-6000
> Harmony Hall, Columbia
410-531-6000
> Heartlands Senior Living Village
Ellicott City, 410-461-9494
> Hickory Ridge Place, Columbia
410-730-6611
> Longwood Apartments, Columbia
410-997-5356
> Morningside Park, Jessup
410-880-5850
> Owen Brown Place, Columbia
410-381-9544
> Parkview, Columbia
410-290-0384
> Parkview, Ellicott City
410-203-9501
> Parkview, Emerson
301-483-3322
> Parkview, Snowden River
410-381-1118
> Selborne House of Dorsey Hall,
Ellicott City 410-992-4909
> Shalom Square, Columbia
410-992-5868
> Tiber Hudson, Historic Ellicott City
410-313-1450
> Vantage House, Columbia
410-992-1241
> Waverly Gardens, Ellicott City
443-274-6825

SENIOR CENTERS

The county operates senior centers including three senior center “plus” sites, designed specifically for those who need supportive services:

> East Columbia 50 Plus Center,
East Columbia Library, 410-313-7680
> Elkridge Senior Center, Elkridge Library
410-313-5192
> Ellicott City Senior Center, Ellicott City
410-313-1400
> Ellicott Senior Center Plus, Ellicott City
410-313-1425
> Glenwood 50 Plus Senior Center, Glenwood, 410-313-5440
> Glenwood Senior Center Plus, Glenwood, 410-313-5442
> Longwood Senior Center, Columbia
410-313-7217
> Owen Brown Senior Center Plus, Columbia, 410-313-7218
> Savage Senior Center, Savage Library
410-880-5915
> The Bain Center, Columbia
410-313-7213

RECREATION

Opportunities abound for seniors to stay active in the community — whether they wish to partake in concerts, plays, athletic activities or trips around town.

> Howard County Recreation and Parks Senior Adult Program 410-313-7279
> Office on Aging
Health and Wellness Division
410-313-6536
> Senior Citizen Activity Program
Howard County Public Schools
410-313-6682
> When If Not Now (WINN)
Columbia Association fitness
410-730-1801
> Winter Growth Adult Daycare
410-964-9616

Other senior services

Office on Aging
410-313-6410

Mid Atlantic Life Span
410-381-1176

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute atJohns Hopkins University
410-516-9719

HT Ride
410-313-1921

Howard Transit
1-800-270-9553

Maryland Access Point (Information and referral for resources, services)
410-313-5980, 1-800-506-5806

Meals on Wheels Central Maryland
410-730-9476

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program
(To address health insurance concerns) 410-313-7392

NeighborRide
410-884-RIDE

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