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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Senior Center Information and Activities

Senior Center Reopening Schedule

To obtain the most up-to-date reopening information, schedule a registration appointment or register for food distribution, please visit the senior center reopening page.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging does not require our members, staff, volunteers and visitors to wear masks while in our senior centers or keep a six-foot distance from others. There is a COVID-19 screening at entry. While mask-wearing will be a matter of individual choice, we strongly encourage members who are not yet vaccinated to please continue to wear a mask while in the centers, and to sign up for a vaccine appointment on the MarylandVax website.

Currently, drop-in and recreational programming is being offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through July 2. So as not to conflict with the food distribution, drop-in use of the centers will not be permitted on Wednesdays until July 6. In-person classes will begin on June 7, and the Eating Together program will resume July 6. 

The centers are pleased to continue offering online classes and programming for older adults. If you need food or other essentials, call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594 or email Each week, you can also make an online appointment for a food kit, which is being provided weekly until June 30. See our list of online resources (PDF) and our senior center council Facebook pages to keep you Living Longer, Living Well.

Stay Connected with Us on Social Media

The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) offers three ways to stay in touch using social media. 

  • See highlights of senior center programs and BCDA events on our Instagram account @BaltCoAging.

  • Look at pictures from senior center activities on our Flickr albums.

  • Learn all about the services, programs and resources offered by the Baltimore County Department of Aging by following us on Facebook.

You can also participate in online programming and stay connected with our twenty senior centers, Senior Box Office and Senior Craft Gallery via the Facebook pages for each site. From the comfort of your own home, you can participate in exercise classes, discussion groups, virtual tours of museums, craft and cooking classes, and more!

Visit the Facebook pages for the following Senior Center Councils:

Visit our YouTube channel for fun and interesting ways to get fit:

Twenty Senior Centers in Baltimore County

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"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 (or 50 years of age at Fleming, Hereford and Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands senior centers), 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! Just visit the senior center closest to you and start "Living Longer ~ Living Well!"

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.

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!

Logo for the Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run/Walk.

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. Like our Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit Facebook page to be updated on the 5K Run/Walk and learn helpful fitness and exercise tips.

Health and Wellness Programs

The Baltimore County Department of Aging offers screenings, evidence-based programs and health education presentations emphasizing health and wellness at senior centers throughout the County.

Senior Center Member Satisfaction Survey Results

See the results of the 2018 membership satisfaction survey (PDF), as compared to the results from similar surveys in 2009, 2012 and 2015. Eighty percent of respondents reported their quality of life has improved as a result of joining a senior center and 99 percent said they were very satisfied (71 percent) or satisfied (28 percent) with their center.

Suggestions or Questions?

We welcome your thoughts and questions about our programs and services. Feel free to call Jill Hall, Chief of the Senior Centers and Community Services Division, at 410-887-3424 or email if you have feedback you would like to share. Or call 410-887-2040 if you have questions about programs and activities at the county's twenty senior centers.

Revised June 7, 2021         


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