Baltimore, Maryland and the area around it has a host of activities and programs that are available for senior citizens through local senior centers. The majority of senior centers in Baltimore and the surrounding area are run by the local city or county governments, so services, programs and fees may vary depending on the area. Following is a brief summary of the wonderful events that are offered at the many senior centers in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County operates seven different senior centers throughout the county. Each has its own website that has the center’s address, phone number, email contact information, and operating hours. In addition, each site offers a calendar of the events, bus trips, and classes for that month. Plus a monthly newsletter shares information about the highlighted events that are occurring at that center each month, as well as helpful information for seniors.
For information on senior centers in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at http://www.aacounty.org
Baltimore City supports 14 different senior centers throughout the city: four are public centers and 10 are privately owned senior centers that have funding provided to them by the city. Their mission, as stated by Baltimore City’s website is to:
“serve as the focal point for services to seniors in the community while always striving to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of the seniors through programming and services that promote wellness, foster a sense of independence and self-worth, enhance the quality of life for all and promote a positive image of aging.”
The only senior center in Baltimore City with a direct link for information is the The Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center. This senior center provides a variety of programs for their members, which include meals, a library, computer classes, counseling sessions, as well as a number of classes and center-sponsored trips. In addition, this center also provides driver education and recertification programs through AARP and sponsors an annual Health and Wellness Fair.
A directory of all of the senior centers in Baltimore City may be found at: http://www.baltimorecity.gov/
Baltimore County runs 19 senior centers throughout the county. According to the Baltimore County Department of Aging, their goal is to help seniors “Energize Your Life” with a large variety of activities and programs for seniors to explore. Among the many opportunities that are offered at Baltimore County senior centers are music classes, arts and crafts, gardening and a variety of local and overnight trips. Health and exercise is especially stressed at eight of the regional centers that have senior-friendly fitness centers operated in partnership with Towson University’s College of Health Professionals. Here seniors receive a personal exercise program, once cleared by their personal physician.
While there are no dues or membership fees, some charges do apply for individual classes, trips and other events.
For more information on the senior centers in Baltimore County, contact Senior Information and Assistance at 410-887-2594. For a Directory of Baltimore County Senior Centers, visit the Baltimore County Dept. of Aging website at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov.
Carroll County operates 5 senior centers in Westminster, South Carroll, Mt. Airy, North Carroll, and Taneytown. Generally, each center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakfast is provided daily each morning, as is lunch at noon. There is a minimal cost for these meals, although seniors over the age of 60 are encouraged to donate what they are able to.
There are a number of classes offered at the Carroll County senior centers. Drama, quilting, pottery, dance and even computer classes are some of the classes and activities that are available to seniors in Carroll County. In addition, health, nutrition, legal and financial programs are offered, and a number of trips and other special events are planned on a regular basis.
To learn about each of the senior centers in Carroll County, contact the Carroll County Bureau of Aging website: http://ccgovernment.carr.org
Howard County provides a number of senior centers throughout the county. Here seniors in the county are offered a variety of recreational, educational, and social activities, ranging from dance, to book clubs, to craft classes and even card parties. The senior centers in Howard County provide lunch on a daily basis, in addition to health screenings, referral services, and additional information. Membership is free, but some programs do require a minimal fee. In addition, Howard Transit can provide transportation to seniors for a slight charge.
Howard County also operates Senior Center Plus sites which are state certified model day care programs for those seniors with more needs, over the age of 55. At these centers, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants provide structured activities to assist seniors who require help with independent activities or have memory/cognitive challenges. A sliding scale fee covers the program, meals, and most activities. In addition, those seniors who are eligible may be able to use public funding. Transportation is also available to and from the centers by Howard Transit, again for a small fee.
A monthly newsletter “The Senior Connection” offers information on health, nutrition, exercise, legal, financial/tax/benefits issues, various support groups, sponsored daily and overnight trips, and a calendar with all events scheduled at all of the centers for the month.
To find all of the Howard County senior center locations contact the Howard County Office on Aging website: http://www.co.ho.md.us.