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  • Thursday, January 07, 2021 6:00 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Join us for an open, robust and vital discussion about the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.


    Offered via Zoom, the community discussion will be hosted by the Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Howard County Health Department, with support from County Executive Calvin Ball.


    The discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or under development, and vaccine-distribution plans in Maryland and Howard County. A panel of experts will also explore how communities of color have experienced health injustices and suggest ways to address racial equity in decisions related to the vaccine and its distribution.


    The panel will include:

    ·         Dr. Ruth Karron, Professor and Director Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    ·         Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and participant in a local COVID-19 clinical trial

    ·         Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County Health Officer

    ·         Moderators: Nikki H. Vernick, President and CEO, Horizon Foundation and Dr. Mohammed Shafeeq Ahmed, Interim President, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine


    All are welcome to join this discussion and to pre-submit questions via the registration page or send them directly to Cat Harmon at by 3 pm on Jan. 6.

  • Monday, December 14, 2020 11:59 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

  • Monday, December 14, 2020 4:00 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    The Village in Howard Offers a Community Workshop “Managing through the Pandemic”

    The Village in Howard County (TVIH) is offering a virtual workshop series focusing on strategies, skills, and resources to manage through the pandemic. The focus is identifying your personal risk profile and understanding the options and triggers supporting returning to community events, shopping, and work. The unique needs of the 50+ community are analyzed.

    Workshop 1 December 7th 4-5:30 Understanding the pandemic. How do I create a personal management plan?

    • ·         Topics include: Understanding the factual and known aspects of the pandemic and community impacts, exploring the forecasts and scenarios, developing a personal approach on risk, shelter in place, and distancing.
    • ·         A key part of the session is identifying trusted sources and methods to recognize new developments.

    Workshop 2 December 14th 4-5:30 Approaches to Daily Living, Social Distancing, and Isolation

    ·         Topics include: Identifying common daily risk factors, overcoming social isolation, successful programs and methods that create community.

    ·         Videos, tools to evaluate risk, and evidence-based program details will be presented.

    The program builds on research from the American Society on Aging, the national Village to Village Network and dozens of engagement programs around the country. This program is sponsored by the Horizon Foundation program on Mental Health. Presenting an average of eleven Zoom activities per week, TVIH reaches seniors through sessions on current events, personal growth, bridge, and music. 

    Admission is free. Join this Zoom meeting with the access information provided after registration. Please register for each session on our website’s calendar page.  Each session requires a separate registration on the December page.  Go to Events - The Village In Howard.

    For more information about the workshop email Jim Sanders, or call the TVIH office at 443-367-9043.

  • Friday, December 11, 2020 11:59 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    There is so much we can’t do right now – but there are some things you still can. During “Get it Done” week you can sign up for free consultations and informational sessions about everything you need to get your future affairs in order.

    Learn more and sign up at And let us help you get it done!

  • Monday, December 07, 2020 5:00 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:00 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:11 PM | Noel White

    Let GrandPad Bring Your Family Together this Winter

    November generally is a time of elections and family celebrations. We offer our thanks for the joys of life lived, and look forward with hope for peace, good health and safety. Celebrating alone is not ideal but is a reality for many of our seniors.  These are difficult times, but we can use technology to overcome the divide, keeping  our loved ones engaged  and healthy. 

    GrandPad is a creative way to overcome the prolonged separation forced upon us by COVID-19. It is specifically designed to be simple to use for seniors or anyone who is not comfortable with today’s cell phones or computers.  A simple tap on one of the GrandPad’s large icons allows the user to make a phone call (either audio or video), view photos or play games and music.  Emails are simple to create using voice recording and sent with a touch of a button.  The intuitive interface allows the user to tap on telehealth for doctor visits, or use Zoom to join group engagement activities with friends, neighbors or fellow residents. There is even a button to call The Option Group, so you can seamlessly reach your Care Coordinator. 

    The GrandPad is secure from scammers and telemarketers, only allowing authorized family members or providers to access the user.  The Option Group is committed to providing the GrandPad service to our clients.

    For more information please call or email The Option Group.

    Maryland Residents: 410-667-0266

    Southeastern and South-Central Pennsylvania Residents: 717-287-9900


    At The Option Group, our goal is to enhance the quality of life that allows each person to live the richest, fullest life possible, with safety and dignity. 

  • Saturday, November 07, 2020 9:00 AM | Toyin Ayoola

    Blue Moon is hosting another classic estate sale event in Columbia home this weekend Nov 7th 9am-3pm & Nov 8th 12noon-2pm.Huge inventory of personal properties to sell at bargain prices include Vintage 1966 ford Thunderbird automobile, high end artwork, indoor/outdoor furniture, garden tools, collectibles, oriental rugs, office furniture, Mink coats, ladies designer clothing, kitchenware and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Click on Link below for more details

    Contact :443 983 0565

    Event Address :10765 McGregory Drive, Columbia MD 21044


  • Friday, October 30, 2020 11:12 AM | Colleen Konstanzer

    With public health officials warning that the ongoing pandemic makes getting your flu shot more important than ever, Neighbor Ride has launched a “Get Your Flu Shot Early” campaign. Collaborating with the Office on Aging & Independence, Howard County Health Department, Howard County General Hospital, and other community partners, Neighbor Ride is providing FREE RIDES for Howard County seniors getting their flu shots at local physicians’ offices, pharmacies, or vaccination events. Visit for more information or to schedule a ride.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:37 PM | Colleen Konstanzer

    Level 2 and 3 Memory Care is now available on Winter Growth's Columbia campus. True to Winter Growth's mission, our Maryland Memories Community is uniquely designed to empower individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to live their best lives. There are NO Entrance Fees, and private rooms are ready for move-in. Caregivers and others are invited to schedule a personal, virtual walk-through tour. Contact us at (410) 964-9616 or

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