Bykota Senior Center
611 Central Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Director: Julie Lynn
Assistant Director: Suzanne Diehl
Center Connection Specialist: Paula Skleres
Bykota is not only the acronym that represents Be Ye Kind One To Another, but also the spirit that embodies the Bykota membership. We, the membership and staff of the Bykota Senior Center, invite you to visit the center to learn of the many ways you can expand your world and enrich your life through fellowship, exercise, lifelong learning, volunteerism, and much more. Join the Bykota Senior Center and quickly become a member of an active environment for adults age 60 and over. Take advantage of Bykota's extensive A-Z selection of courses, programs and services provided by an award-winning agency, the Baltimore County Department of Aging. Membership to Bykota is free, but an annual donation is encouraged. Donors who give $15 or more will receive a free subscription to the Baltimore County Department of Aging's Senior Digest publication.
Programs and Activities
Learn about Bykota's programs and events by reading the "Bykota Buzz" (PDF), a monthly newsletter which describes the special activities of the month as well as ongoing programs.
Have you ever considered taking a class or exploring a hobby? Bykota offers over 30 different regularly scheduled classes and activities including a state-of-the-art fitness center. Bykota's fitness center is equipped with treadmills, recumbent bikes and recumbent steppers, strength training circuits, flexibility and stretching stations, free weights and more! Membership requires an application (PDF), permission from your doctor, and a fee of $100 per year. Personal training services (PDF) are also available for an additional fee.
Are you interested in ballroom dancing lessons? Bykota offers a ten-week class. Is line dancing your passion? Join us! Have you wondered whether yoga is the right exercise program for you? Try it! Como esta usted? Yes, try Spanish, French or both at Bykota. Are you interested in painting, drawing, stained glass or ceramics? We offer several different classes in the arts.
Have you wondered what a mouse has to do with a computer? Bykota offers a beginning and intermediate computer class. If bingo is your pleasure, join us every Wednesday. Are you interested in being an informed consumer? Join us for seminars from AARP, local business owners, etc., or learn of advances in medical technology and health promotion topics with a monthly lecture series provided by medical professionals.
Learn how low-impact aerobics, basketball, Tai Chi Chuan and much more can transform your life. Simply visit the Bykota Senior Center and you can develop an activity program that is compatible with your needs and interests.
Let the fun begin at Bykota Senior Center where you can enjoy our daily activities, plus a wide range of special events throughout the year including classical recitals, dances, dinners, happy hours, holiday celebrations, intergenerational programs, musical entertainment, noted speakers, outdoor concerts, sing-alongs, theater groups, trips and much more.
Bykota Senior Center volunteers are integral to the daily operation of the senior center. Staff value and rely on volunteers to help create a welcoming, efficient environment that makes everyone feel comfortable, respected and part of a team. Make a difference in your life by giving your time as a volunteer.
Have you had aspirations to take on a leadership role? Consider becoming involved with the Senior Center Council. If you enjoy clerical duties and meeting people, volunteer as a receptionist. If food preparation or clerical assistance is of interest to you, consider volunteering in the nutrition area where Bykota Senior Center serves lunch daily as part of a federally subsidized program called Eating Together. Are you a former teacher or have an expertise in a hobby? Volunteer as an instructor. The opportunities to serve as a volunteer at Bykota are limitless.
Baltimore County Department of Aging Services
If you are a Baltimore County resident and are 60 or over, various services are available if you meet established criteria. Our Center Connection Specialist at the Bykota Senior Center is available daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by phone at 410-887-3094. The Center Connection Specialist integrates less active older adults into the senior center day by helping to develop an individualized schedule to meet the needs of her clients.
Our Community Outreach Specialist is available by phone at 410-887-4327. This individual assists clients by providing information about services and benefits such as Meals on Wheels, property tax credit forms, etc. Appointments are recommended.
Our Home Team Specialist can be reached at 410-887-3667. The Home Team program matches volunteers with seniors who require assistance to remain independent in their homes.
Bykota Senior Center History
Bykota Senior Center was established in 1962 in the Towson Fire Hall and has relocated several times until 1983, when it was moved to its present location, formerly the site of Towson High School.
A growing membership of 1800, this year the highest among Baltimore County Senior Centers, is a testament to the vitality, programs and commitment of our membership, volunteers, and staff. We all look forward to making your acquaintance.
Revised November 26, 2014