Howard Announces 50+ Centers Open to Limited In-Person Services

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball yesterday announced the resumption of limited, in-person services for all six Howard County 50+ Centers at 50% capacity starting Friday, April 30.

Howard County 50+ Centers will offer a majority of services by appointment only including:

  • Maryland Access Point (MAP) information and assistance;
  • State Health Insurance Program Counseling (SHIP);
  • Exercise and nutrition consultations;
  • Fitness equipment rooms;
  • AARP tax assistance; and
  • Grab & go meal distribution.

Social activities and health/wellness offerings will have phased returns with limited capacity and new protocols for staff and participants in order to minimize the transmission of COVID-19.

From the press release:

“We know that these centers are an invaluable resource for social engagement, health and wellness, and life planning,” said Ball. “99% of our super seniors, those ages 75 and older, and 90% of residents between the ages of 65 and 74 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which provides an additional safety measure to our 50+ centers. I want to personally thank our team at Office on Aging and Independence for their work during last year amid the pandemic to maintain these essential resources for our residents, and for their thoroughness in overseeing the safe reopening of these programs to our communities.”

“The reopening of our 50+ Centers is due in part to the overwhelming number of our seniors who have been vaccinated and have adhered to best practices for staying safe including wearing a mask, social distancing and hand washing” said Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County Health Department Health Officer. “It is equally important for the rest of our population to get their vaccines so we can get back to a degree of normalcy.”

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