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Senior centers and services in Howard County

Puppeteer Shirley Johannesen Levine, of Columbia, put on a show for seniors at the Ellicott City 50 Plus Center on Frederick Road next to the Miller Library, April 1.
Puppeteer Shirley Johannesen Levine, of Columbia, put on a show for seniors at the Ellicott City 50 Plus Center on Frederick Road next to the Miller Library, April 1. (Nate Pesce / Patuxent Publishing)

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.

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HOUSING

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.

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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

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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

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.

SENIOR CENTERS

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

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.

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.

443-367-9043,thevillageinhoward.org

When If Not Now (WINN): Columbia Association fitness.

410-730-6744, 410-531-0800,columbiaassociation.org/health-and-fitness

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.

SENIOR SERVICES

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence

LifeSpan Network: Mid-Atlantic senior care provider association.

l410-381-1176, lifespan-network.org

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.

410-516-9719, advanced.jhu.edu

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.

410-558-0827, mealsonwheelsmd.org

Neighbor Ride: Provides affordable rides in private cars for seniors 60 and older.

410-884-7433,neighborride.org

Senior Health Insurance Program: Helps Medicare recipients understand their health insurance benefits, bills, and rights.

410-313-7392, aging.maryland.gov

Winter Growth: Provides adult medical daycare and assisted living services and for seniors and disabled adults.

410-964-9616, wintergrowthinc.org

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