Senior Center Information and Activities
Twenty Senior Centers in Baltimore County
"Energize Your Life" at any of the 20 senior centers located throughout Baltimore County. Suddenly there is a whole new world to explore and experience. Just by passing the milestone of being 60 years or older you can improve your mind, enliven your body and lift your spirits. Haven't you ever wanted to play the piano, make a stained glass window, beautify your garden, join a fitness center or create works of art? It's all here at your fingertips. Cycle along the B&O canal, train for a 5K run, shoot hoops, or travel abroad. Meet new friends, discuss current events, eat a meal, attend a health screening or teach a class. The opportunities you've waited a lifetime to take advantage of are right here at BCDA! To learn more about the programs and events offered at each center, read the monthly newsletters or search the County's calendar of Meetings and Events. To find out if programs or activities have been canceled due to poor weather conditions, read our inclement weather policy or call the MAP office at 410-887-2594.
There are no dues or membership fees, but charges may apply for some individual classes, trips, parties, etc. Please inquire at your local senior center about fees which might apply.
Senior Centers FY 2016 Annual Report
Read about the activities and accomplishments of Baltimore County's senior centers between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 in the 2016 Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Centers and Community Service Division's Annual Report (PDF). During this time, the 20 senior centers in Baltimore County, along with the Senior Centers and Community Services Division, were proud to establish partnerships with a large number of organizations, businesses and agencies (PDF).
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Each year, over 2,200 individuals volunteer their time and talents in the County senior centers. In addition, each senior center has a Center Council, composed of elected board members who work to enhance the department's services and programs to older adults. Because senior centers are non-profit, volunteers are critical to their operation. Volunteer opportunities range from serving as a receptionist to chairing a fundraising committee, to teaching a class, to working as a fitness center monitor. Read more about our volunteer opportunities (PDF) or contact your local senior center to learn about the positions available. You can complete the Baltimore County Department of Aging Volunteer Application (PDF) and bring it to the center where you are interested in volunteering. Just fill out the cover page plus the pages for any program where you would like to volunteer. You can also mail the application to RSVP Program, 611 Central Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21204.
Here is what some of our volunteers are saying about their experience in senior centers (2016 RSVP Survey):
- It's a great place to meet a lot of different people. It is quite satisfying and rewarding and we learn a lot.
- Volunteering is the best thing I could have done for myself!
- Volunteering has offered me a wonderful opportunity to help seniors and participate in events that help me grow older gracefully.
- I have met so many people through my volunteerism. The sociability is wonderful. The people are all kind and friendly. It's a happy place!
- Makes me feel wanted and needed at my age.
- I have been volunteering at the senior center for 23 years and have enjoyed it so much—it sure has enriched my life!
There are a number of unpaid internship opportunities in the senior centers as well. The BCDA internship program creates a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience serving older adults, while learning more about the operations of an Area Agency on Aging, the aging process, senior centers and resources available to the community.
Programs and Special Events
Baltimore County senior centers offer a full range of programs and events at the 20 senior centers located throughout the county. To learn more about current activities at the senior center near you, read the monthly senior center newsletters or search the County's calendar of Meetings and Events.
Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit!
Our senior-friendly fitness model, "Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit!", has received numerous awards, including 2011 and 2007 National Association of Counties Awards, the 2006 Physical Activity Excellence Award from the State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and the 2006 National Area Agencies on Aging Achievement Award. The robust program includes 13 fitness centers, a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk, and a variety of exercise classes and group sports opportunities including aerobics, basketball, bowling, qigong, line dancing, senior rhythms, softball, strength training, tai chi, tennis, volleyball, walking groups, water exercise, weight management, Wii sports, yoga, Zumba and much more! Check with any of our centers for a complete listing of their respective offerings, or read the monthly newsletter from your local senior center.
As we age, everyone wants to remain as healthy and independent as possible. Along with keeping our bodies fit, it is important to take steps to sustain brain health and fitness. Brain Health refers to one’s ability to learn, remember, organize, focus and maintain an active mind. In 2016, the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s initiative, Brain Matters, will educate older adults about successful aging and brain health. Throughout the year, resources and activities will be offered to enhance brain function, provide strategies to care for those facing dementia or mental health illnesses, identify possible risk factors, and improve the quality of life for older adults.
Health and Wellness Programs
Senior Center Member Satisfaction Survey Results
See the results of the 2015 membership satisfaction survey (PDF), as compared to the results from similar surveys in 2009 and 2012. Ninety-nine percent of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their center, a slight increase over previous years.