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.
Seniors Farmers’ Market Coupon Books To Be Distributed July 9
Farmers’ Market Coupon Books are provided by the U.S Department of Agriculture and administered in Maryland by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Department of Aging. The purpose of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to:
- Provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets to low-income seniors.
- Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets.
- Develop or aid in the development of new farmers’ markets.
This year, coupon books will be distributed at seven locations around Baltimore County on Thursday, July 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. or until the supply runs out. The coupon book has a value of $30 and can be used at farmers’ markets throughout the State of Maryland. Due to demand, only one coupon book is provided per household.
In order to receive Farmers’ Market Coupon Books, the recipient:
- Must be 60 years of age or older (proof of age required)
- Must be a resident of Baltimore County, Maryland
- Must meet Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines
If individuals are unable to get to a distribution site on July 9, a proxy can be sent on their behalf. The proxy must download and complete the Farmers’ Market Application (PDF). The recipient must sign the application and have the proxy bring it to the distribution site with photo identification and proof of age and residence for the recipient. Proxies can only get a coupon book for one individual. The proxy must agree to help the recipient get to the farmers' market to shop for the produce and use the coupons.
- Council District 1: Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
- Council District 2: Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21117
- Council District 3: Cockeysville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
- Council District 4: Windsor Mill Middle School, 8300 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
- Council District 5: Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21236
- Council District 6: Middle River Middle School, 800 Middle River Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220
- Council District 7: Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Call the Baltimore County Maryland Access Point Office at 410-887-2594 with questions. Individuals unable to obtain tickets on July 9 may call 410-887-3052 after July 10 and ask to be put on a waiting list. Please do not contact the schools directly.
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.
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 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.
This evidence-based cardio, strength-training and balance exercise program is now offered at four senior centers.
Senior Centers FY 2014 Annual Report
Read about the activities and accomplishments of Baltimore County's senior centers between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in the 2014 Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Centers and Community Service Division's Annual Report (PDF).
Membership Survey Results
Sixty-six percent of members indicated they are very satisfied with their senior center in the 2012 membership survey conducted in October and November. This demonstrates an increase of 3.4 percent over 2009 results. Read the full survey results in the 2012 Membership Survey Report (PDF).
Revised May 18, 2015