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About Aging and Disabilities

The staff at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, is dedicated to assisting older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers by “Making Life Better”.  The mission of the department is to develop and administer services and programs which promote choice, independence and dignity for our community members, their families and caregivers.  We advocate for and protect the rights of the aging and sometimes vulnerable population that is on the rise.  We will achieve our mission through extensive outreach, leadership, teamwork, professionalism and commitment to the community we serve. 

Since the signing of the Older Americans Act in 1965, our department has existed in numerous forms and expanded over the years to accommodate the growing older population.  The life span in 1965 was 70 years old, and today, it is an average of 78 years old.  Nationwide, there are 10,000 people who turn 65 every day.  In Anne Arundel County, the older adult population is estimated to double in the next 15 years.  To keep up with the rising need for our older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers, we provide a one stop shop with programs and services to assist our citizens to age in place as long as possible.

The department currently offers 21 programs in 25 locations throughout Anne Arundel County.  The Maryland Access Point Customer Service Center can assist in finding the most valuable information in accordance with an individual’s needs.  This may include information on Medicare, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, in-home care, and long term care.  Trained professionals from the Information & Assistance program are available to help clarify an individual’s specific needs and find the perfect fit.  Leisure activities are offered through our seven senior centers, such as college classes, fitness, shows, socialization, trips and daily lunches Monday through Friday.  

We hope you take some time to browse our programs and services and encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.  Become familiar with the types of services offered in Anne Arundel County—before they are needed.  Take some time now to learn about the Department of Aging and Disabilities or stop by and visit as you plan for the future.  

Karissa Kelly
Karrisa Kelly
Director, Department of Aging and Disabilities
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