In the early years after Columbia was created in 1967, it sometimes was described as “the city without grandparents.” Now, though, the “pioneers” who first raised families there are eligible for Medicare, and by 2016, people 65 and older made up more than 13 percent of Howard County’s population.
From housing to health care to clubs, the county offers a wealth of programs and services for seniors.
From townhouses to single-family homes to condominiums, the county’s active adult communities — designated for residents 55 and older — feature a variety of design elements and maintenance options.
In addition to the sampling below, the county has a number of assisted-living facilities and retirement and life-care communities. Call 410-402-8217 for more information.
Heartlands Senior Living Village at Ellicott City: 410-461-9494
Longwood Elderly, Columbia: 410-997-5356
Lorien Harmony Hall, Columbia: 410-531-5300
The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Ellicott City: 877-402-6090
Morningside Park, Jessup: 240-294-3305
Owen Brown Place, Columbia: 410-381-9544
Park View at Colonial Landing, Elkridge: 410-796-4399
Park View at Columbia, Columbia: 410-381-1118
Park View at Ellicott City: 410-203-9501
Park View at Emerson, North Laurel: 301-483-3322
Park View at Snowden River, Columbia: 410-290-0384
Selborne House of Dorsey Hall, Ellicott City: 410-992-4909
Tiber Hudson, Ellicott City: 410-988-5900
Vantage House, Columbia:866-323-1674
Waverly Gardens, Woodstock: 443-274-6825
The county operates 12 senior centers, including five therapeutic sites for seniors with physical disabilities and early-stage memory loss, plus their caregivers. For details, visit howardcountymd.gov/50pluscenters:
The Bain 50 Plus Center, Columbia: 410-313-7213
Connections at Ellicott City: 410-313-1425
Connections at Glenwood, Cooksville: 410-313-5442
Connections at North Laurel: 410-313-7218
East Columbia 50 Plus Center, East Columbia Library: 410-313-7680
Elkridge 50 Plus Center: 410-313-4930
Ellicott City 50 Plus Center: 410-313-1400
Glenwood 50 Plus Center, Cooksville: 410-313-5440
Kindred Spirits at Glenwood, Cooksville: 410-313-5441
Kindred Spirits at North Laurel: 410-313-7691
Longwood 50 Plus Center, Columbia: 410-313-7217
North Laurel 50 Plus Center: 410-313-0380
Opportunities abound for seniors to stay active in the community — whether they wish to partake in concerts, plays, athletic activities or trips around town.
Senior Pass Program: Free admission program for seniors to Howard County public school sports events and arts performances.
410-313-6682 (public information office), hcpss.org/parents/senior-pass-program/
The Village in Howard: Member-based community for residents 55 and older.
When If Not Now (WINN): Columbia Association fitness.
Howard County Office on Aging and Independence
LifeSpan Network: Mid-Atlantic senior care provider association.
Beacon Institute: LifeSpan affiliate providing education for senior care and service providers.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute by the Johns Hopkins University: Courses and lectures in Columbia for retired and semiretired individuals.
HT Ride: Provides curb-to-curb service for seniors and individuals with disabilities who cannot use traditional bus service.
410-313-1921 or 800-270-9553
Maryland Access Point: Referral program for people with long-term care needs and their caregivers.
410-767-1100, 844-627-5465, aging.maryland.gov/accesspoint
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland: Meal and grocery delivery for homebound people.
Neighbor Ride: Provides affordable rides in private cars for seniors 60 and older.
Senior Health Insurance Program: Helps Medicare recipients understand their health insurance benefits, bills, and rights.
Winter Growth: Provides adult medical daycare and assisted living services and for seniors and disabled adults.