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, people65 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
When she came back from eight months studying abroad in China, Molly Bradtke of Columbia wanted to find a way to continue to practice her Mandarin in real-world situations. The UMBC Asian studies major found that outlet at Columbia¿s Longwood Apartments and Senior Center ¿ and she found a way to give back to her community at the same time. Through a partnership between the university and the senior center ¿ and some inspiration from a local nonprofit ¿ students like Bradtke are breaking an often severe language barrier between Longwood¿s residents ¿ mostly Chinese and Korean immigrants ¿ and the English-speaking community around them. And for the past year, they¿ve been helping the same seniors live healthfully through a full-fledged food pantry.
By By Valerie Bonk
Apr 01, 2015 at 5:20 PM
The county operates 12 senior centers, includingfive therapeutic sites for seniors with physical disabilities and early-stage memory loss, plus their caregivers. For details, visit howardcountymd.gov/50pluscenters:
From the time the readers’ poll launches in August to the issue’s delivery in December, businesses, nonprofits and readers alike are abuzz in anticipation of who might take home the coveted Best of Howard County title.