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Guide to Howard County 2017: Seniors

Joanne Dickson (seated third from left) reacts as she wins while playing blackjack at a casino night celebration at Vantage House in Columbia.
Joanne Dickson (seated third from left) reacts as she wins while playing blackjack at a casino night celebration at Vantage House in Columbia. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

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.

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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.

HOUSING
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.

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Designated Senior Housing

Heartlands Senior Living Village
Ellicott City
410-461-9494

Longwood Apartments
Columbia
410-997-5356

Lorien Harmony Hall
Columbia
410-531-6000

Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant
Ellicott City
877-805-3012

Morningside Park
Jessup
410-880-5850

Owen Brown Place
Columbia
410-381-9544

Park View at Columbia
Columbia
410-381-1118

Park View at Ellicott City
Ellicott City
410-203-9501

Park View at Colonial Landing
Elkridge
410-796-4399

Park View at Emerson
Laurel
301-483-3322

Park View at Snowden River
Columbia
410-290-0384

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Selborne House of Dorsey Hall
Ellicott City
410-992-4909

Shalom Square
Columbia
410-992-5868

Tiber Hudson
Ellicott City
410-988-5900

Vantage House
Columbia
410-964-5454

Waverly Gardens
Ellicott City
443-274-6825


SENIOR CENTERS

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
410-313-7680

Elkridge 50 Plus Center
Elkridge Library
410-313-5219

Ellicott City 50 Plus Center
Ellicott City
410-313-1400

Ellicott City Senior Center Plus
Ellicott City
410-313-1425

Glenwood 50 Plus Senior Center
Glenwood
410-313-5440

Glenwood Senior Center Plus
Glenwood
410-313-5442

Longwood Senior Center
Columbia
410-313-7217

North Laurel 50 Plus Center
North Laurel
410-313-0380

North Laurel Senior Center Plus
North Laurel
410-313-7218

The Bain 50 Plus Center
Columbia
410-313-7213


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 athletic games and arts performances.
410-313-6682 (public information office)
hcpss.org

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.
410-531-0800
columbiaassociation.org

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