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.
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 February 18, 2015