Last year, Columbia Association (CA) completed “Community for a Lifetime: Columbia Association’s Comprehensive Plan for Serving the Older Adult Community,” which was approved in April 2014 by CA’s board of directors.
The time when a student is preparing to leave high school is full of hope and promise — for a job, for independence and for a sense of accomplishment. Some students who receive special education services, like Danny White, age 18, from Ellicott City, are benefiting from extra help in their transition to adulthood and being part of the workforce. That is the mission of Project SEARCH, launched in Howard County government sites last fall.
With the projection that 20% of the U.S. population will be older than age 65 by 2030, it is no surprise that the Howard County senior population may reach that a decade earlier. In addition to long-time residents who don’t want to leave familiar homes, activities, medical care, friends and family, there is a steady stream of new residents who have moved to the county to be near adult children and enjoy the many benefits of the community.
In his proclamation declaring January 2015 National Mentoring Month, President Barack Obama said, “In a nation of limitless possibility, every child deserves the chance to unlock his or her potential. When young Americans have the support they need to make the most of themselves, they can achieve their dreams. … Every day, mentors play a vital role in this national mission by helping to broaden the horizons for our daughters and sons.”
Memory Café Coming to Anne Arundel County
A partnership between Anne Arundel County’s Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland will bring the Memory Café, an early-stage social engagement program, to the Pascal Senior Activity Center beginning in March.
Face it, Howard County has earned bragging rights for a lot of things — a top-rated public school system and the nation’s best library system, as well as rankings as the third-most technologically advanced community in the nation, one of America’s best places to live, second in the nation for advanced degrees and the wealthiest county in Maryland, to name but a few.
Food on the 15th, a multi-generational project that involves children and adults in collecting non-perishable food items for low-income senior citizens in Howard County, has continued to thrive and grow over the past year.
It’s no secret: Columbia’s Candlelight Concert Society (CCS) fills the air with music. But it’s not just the air of concert halls, where audiences enjoy renowned and emerging artists and the magic of chamber music in a traditional venue.
Diverse cultural exchange is among the benefits of promise in the proposed Sister City relationship between Columbia and Cap Haitien in Haiti. Columbia Association (CA) has begun the process of exploring the possibilities of establishing a partnership with Cap Haitien, the second largest city in Haiti.
Manor Hill Brewing is set to become the first Class 8 Farm Brewery in Howard County this spring, taking advantage of new state legislation that took effect in July 2014.