News & Events for Older Adults in Howard County • June 2024
WEAAD 2024

The Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) presents:

Maintaining your Mental Health: One Piece of the Elder Abuse Puzzle

in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

According to the World Health Organization, more than 20% of adults aged 60 and over have a mental or neurological disorder. Depression and anxiety can increase the risks of elder abuse among older adults and the perpetrators of abuse. "Maintaining your Mental Health: One Piece of the Elder Abuse Puzzle" on June 14 (the day before WEAAD) will bring together local experts and resources to shed light on the role of mental health in elder abuse and prevention, as well as how to seek interventions. View the event flier for details. Free, but registration is required; lunch is provided.

Register now to attend OAI's WEAAD Event
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Join the Alzheimer's Latino Community Forum

North Laurel 50+ Center / June 24, 5 p.m. / Register

The Alzheimer's Association strives to reach out to all communities, including the Latino and Spanish-speaking community, advancing health equity through conversations, programs and partnerships. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss in a community-focused listening session. Review the basics of these conditions, services of the Alzheimer’s Association and how to can expand the reach of local programs and services. Bring a friend and share your thoughts about how the Alzheimer’s Association can help more people in your community. This Forum is presented in English with Spanish materials, translation and resources.

Celebrate Summer at OAI's 50+ Centers

In addition to World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, June also marks Pride Month and Father's Day! Discover a variety of events, highlighted by our center directors, below, to welcome summer, and check out the June 50+ Connection and quarterly 50+ Center newsletters for ideas to stay active all summer long! Subscribe now or click below to view individual issues:

Iris Music Project: Music from the Movies

Bain 50+ Center / June 3, 11 a.m. / Register

Enjoy a performance by the Iris Music Project musicians Mary Ann Perkel (cello) and Ruby Fulton (violin/composer). The duo serves as the ensemble-in-residence for Winter Growth in Columbia. Free.

Trivia Time

East Columbia 50+ Center / June 11, 2 p.m. / Register

Test your trivia knowledge as part of one of four teams. If you don't have a team, we can add you to one. Suggested donation: $5.

Get Your Ducks in a Row

Glenwood 50+ Center / June 13, 11 a.m. / Register

When it comes to long term care planning, do you have your “Ducks in a Row?” Get a practical overview of available community resources and helpful suggestions to make a plan as you age. Free.

Travel Talks: A Tour of Italy

Elllicott City 50+ Center / June 14, 11 a.m. / Register

Are you in search of a travel buddy or group of fellow travelers? Discuss how to plan a tour of Italy. Bring your travel questions and learn about group travel opportunities. Free. 

South Asian Club Celebrates Pride Month (Virtual)

North Laurel 50+ Center / June 18, 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a Pride Month celebration, hosted by the South Asian Club via Zoom. Korab Zuka will discuss Pride Month, the LBGTQIA+ community and share their personal journey. Let’s celebrate diversity and inclusion! Free; register at the front desk or call 410-313-0380.

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Master Gardeners: Flowers and Vegetables in Containers

Elkridge 50+ Center / June 17, 1 p.m. / Register

Learn how to select the right pots and the right combinations of plants. Pick up ideas for planting annuals, perennials and vegetables together in multiple ways for a bountiful harvest and beautiful garden. Free.

Celebrate Pride Month with Drag Bingo on June 7 at the Bain Center. Logo has a series of uplifted hands with a rainbow heart in each palm.

Celebrate Pride Month: Play Drag Bingo

Bain 50+ Center / June 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Register

Older adults age 50+ are invited to an unforgettable luncheon with fabulous performances by local drag queens and kings, lots of laughter and Bingo! Coordinated by OAI and the LGBTQIA+ Commission, with support from the Office of Human Rights & Equity, the event celebrates Pride month, love, diversity, and community. Dress in rainbow attire and join in the fun with prizes and surprises. Free; seating is limited; register in advance. If you are already a member of the Bain Bingo group, please register at the front desk. For more information, call 410-313-7213 (voice/relay).

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Choose five days and five actions to get connected!

OAI and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy encourage older adults to take the 5-for-5 Connection Challenge as a way to build and strengthen your relationships and inspire others to incorporate connection in their daily lives!

Here are three steps to get started:

Step 1: Commit to connect - pick five actions and five days in a row to connect with people in your life.

Step 2: Connect each day for five days - choose one simple action to express gratitude, offer support or ask for help. 

Step 3: Reflect and share - how did connecting make you feel? Let your loved ones know about your experience and invite them to join in! Use #MadeToConnect on social media and share this link.

Pick up a free 5-for-5 Challenge card and a set of Made to Connect cards at a 50+ Center near you and learn more about the challenge.

An Age-Friendly Fitness lot will open n April at Centennial Park North.

Howard County's first Age-Friendly Outdoor Fitness Lot

Centennial Park North / 9801 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, 21042

June 5, 11 a.m. / Free / Register

Join OAI and County Executive Calvin Ball for the ribbon cutting of Howard County's first Age-Friendly Outdoor Fitness Lot. Connect with others and improve your health while enjoying one of Howard County's ADA-accessible parks. Featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, the outdoor fitness lot adds to the recreational opportunities available at Centennial Park North, and is an important step toward creating a healthy Howard County for all ages and abilities!

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Good Vibes & Voices / June 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Rockburn Branch Park, Clover Hill House / 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, (West) / Elkridge 21075

Double time it over to Rockburn Branch Park for a night of music, entertainment, healing conversations, food, and fun, sponsored in part by the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families. Learn about local resources for service members, veterans and their families. Free.

Schedule of Howard County Farmer's Markets

Eat fresh and support Howard County Farmers' Markets

Howard County’s five farmers’ markets are open for business! The markets are a great source for seasonal fruits – like strawberries in June - and a variety of fresh vegetables for healthy eating. Find out what’s in season at a farmer’s market near you at

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