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Senior Center Information and Activities

COVID-19 Procedures

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designation, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of employees and visitors to our facilities, the County has reinstituted an indoor mask requirement. All staff, visitors and members to senior centers must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth while in the building. This is regardless of vaccination status. Anyone who fails to comply with this policy will be asked to leave immediately. The only exceptions to this policy are:

  • While sitting and actively eating or drinking.
  • If they provide to the senior center director a doctor's note that confirms they have a bona fide disability or medical condition that makes it unsafe for them to wear a mask and that the wearing of a mask is not recommended due to these health concerns.
  • If they are a caregiver or companion to an individual, and the individual has a doctor's note that confirms they have a hearing impairment or other disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Employees who are alone in their private office.

In addition, six-foot physical distancing requirements will be enforced during all Eating Together congregate meal programs and whenever people are eating or drinking in the centers.

Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) does not require:

  • COVID-19 screenings
  • Social distancing (unless eating)
  • Proof of vaccination to enter, although we strongly encourage members, volunteers and staff to get vaccinated if they are able

Members must:

  • Adhere to current CDC, state and County guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols
  • Sanitize their own personal belongings

Members are not permitted:

  • In staff offices or kitchen areas unless required as part of their volunteer position or approved by staff
  • To bring in outside food to share with others

The custodial staff applies a light coating of disinfectant mist to high-touch points and nonporous surfaces Staff and volunteers are required to keep their personal work spaces clean and disinfected, and all members are encouraged to wash their hands and use the hand sanitizer provided throughout the building.

Annual Senior Center Registration

Individuals wishing to return to the centers for the 2021 to 2022 calendar year must complete annual registration forms at one Baltimore County senior center only. Caregivers and companions must also register if coming with their care recipient. For faster service, complete and print the following forms and bring them to the senior center:

Fitness Center and Studio Memberships

All fitness center and studio memberships that were valid on March 17, 2020, have been extended to December 31, 2021. To use the fitness centers or studios at open senior centers, complete the Fitness Center Medical Clearance and Consent Form (PDF) prior to your first visit.

Programs and Events

The opportunities you've waited a lifetime to take advantage of are available at our 20 senior centers, just visit the one nearest 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 calendar of events. There are no dues or membership fees, but charges may apply for some individual classes, trips, parties, etc. Inquire at your local senior center about fees which might apply.

Energize Your Life

Energize Your Life Logo

Residents 60 years or older (or 50 years of age at Fleming, Hereford and Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands senior centers) can "Energize Your Life" by participating in the following and more:

Virtual Programs through The OPAL Center

Virtual programs will continue through our new OPAL Center (Online Programs for Adult Learning). We invite you to participate in our innovative programs and classes from the comfort of your own home.

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!" includes 14 fitness centers, a variety of exercise classes and group sports opportunities, and a 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk. The program 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. 

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Each year, over 2,200 individuals volunteer in County senior centers. Because senior centers are nonprofit, volunteers are critical to their operation. There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities (PDF). Contact your local senior center to learn about the positions available. Complete the volunteer application (PDF) and bring it to the center where you are interested in volunteering, or mail the application to:

RSVP Program
611 Central Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

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.

Stay Connected With Us on Social Media

Stay connected via social media:

  • Instagram—See highlights of senior center programs and BCDA events on our Instagram account
  • Flickr—Look at pictures from senior center activities on our albums.
  • Facebook—Learn all about the services, programs and resources offered by BCDA
  • Visit our YouTube channel for fun and interesting ways to get fit:

You can also participate in online programming and stay connected with our 20 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.

Senior Center Councils on Facebook

Each senior center has a Center Council, composed of elected board members who work to enhance BCDA's services and programs to older adults. Visit the Facebook pages for the following Senior Center Councils:

Learn More

We welcome your thoughts and questions about our programs and services. Call Jill Hall, Chief of the Senior Centers and Community Services Division, at 410-887-3424 or email jphall@baltimorecountymd.gov if you have feedback you would like to share. Call 410-887-2040 if you have questions about programs and activities.

Inclement Weather Policy

To learn 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.

 
Revised October 21, 2021         

 

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