In the early years after Columbia was created in 1967, it sometimes was described as “the city without grandparents.” Now, the pioneers who first raised families here are eligible for Medicare. By 2019, people 65 and older made up more than 13% of Howard County’s population.
From housing to health care to clubs, the county offers a wealth of programs and services for seniors.
Housing options include townhouses, single-family homes, condominiums and active adult communities — designated for residents ages 55 and older — featuring 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: 410-531-6000
The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Ellicott City: 410-465-2005
Morningside Park, Jessup: 410-834-1673
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: 410-390-0751
Vantage House Retirement Community, Columbia: 410-964-5454
Waverly Gardens, Woodstock: 443-274-6825
Howard County has six 50+ Centers spread across different parts of the County. Programming includes exercise and fitness classes, social and recreational activities, congregate meals and Kindred Spirits Social Club (for people with early stage memory loss). For details, call 410-313-5400 or visit howardcountymd.gov/50pluscenters.
The Bain 50 Plus Center, Columbia: 410-313-7213
East Columbia 50 Plus Center, East Columbia Branch Library: 410-313-7680
Elkridge 50 Plus Center: 410-313-5192
Ellicott City 50 Plus Center: 410-313-1400
Glenwood 50 Plus Center, Cooksville: 410-313-5440
North Laurel 50 Plus Center: 410-313-0380
Opportunities abound for seniors to stay active in the community by attending concerts, plays and athletic activities or enjoying trips around town.
Senior Pass Program: Free admission program for residents ages 65 and older 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.
Columbia Association Athletic Club: Fitness programs and resources for mature adults
410-730-6744, 410-730-1801, columbiaassociation.org/health-and-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 at the Johns Hopkins University: Courses and lectures in Columbia for retired and semiretired individuals.
Maryland Access Point: Referral program for people with long-term care needs and their caregivers.
Accessible Resources for Independence: 410-636-2274, arinow.org/
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland: Meal and grocery delivery for people confirmed to their home.
Neighbor Ride: Provides affordable rides in private cars for seniors 60 and older.
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Senior Health Insurance Program: Helps Medicare recipients understand their health insurance benefits, bills, and rights.
Winter Growth: Provides adult medical day care and assisted living services for seniors and disabled adults.