When Columbia was created 50 years ago, it was known as "the city without grandparents." Now, though, the "pioneers" who first raised families there are eligible for Medicare, and the 2010 Census reported that people aged 50 and older made up nearly 15 percent of Howard County's population.
From housing to health care to clubs, the county offers a wealth of programs and services for seniors.
The county has more than 18 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.
In addition to the sampling below, the county has a number of assisted-living facilities and retirement and life-care communities. Call 410-313-6542 for more information about facilities with 16 or fewer beds, or 410-402-8217 for larger facilities.
Designated Senior Housing
Heartlands Senior Living Village
Lorien Harmony Hall
Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant
Owen Brown Place
Park View at Columbia
Park View at Ellicott City
Park View at Colonial Landing
Park View at Emerson
Park View at Snowden River
Selborne House of Dorsey Hall
The county operates senior centers, including three senior center "plus" sites, designed specifically for those who need support services:
East Columbia 50 Plus Center
East Columbia Library
Elkridge 50 Plus Center
Ellicott City 50 Plus Center
Ellicott City Senior Center Plus
Glenwood 50 Plus Senior Center
Glenwood Senior Center Plus
Longwood Senior Center
North Laurel 50 Plus Center
North Laurel Senior Center Plus
The Bain 50 Plus Center
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 athletic games and arts performances.
410-313-6682 (public information office)
The Village in Howard: Member-based community for residents 55 and older. 443-367-9043
When If Not Now (WINN): Columbia Association fitness.