Rethinking Retirement Program Set for Vantage House on Sept. 14
Vantage House retirement community is sponsoring a workshop, “Rethinking Retirement: A Columbia Perspective on Aging,” on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m., at Historic Oakland in Downtown Columbia. The free program is designed for professionals and others working with older adults.

The event will feature a keynote address by Jennifer FitzPatrick, a noted gerontologist and author, who will focus on “Shattering Myths & Stereotypes” in a society that idealizes youth and dreads aging. FitzPatrick is the author of “Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One.”

A panel discussion, “Living in Howard County,” will be moderated by Phyllis Madachy, who has worked in community-based services for older adults for more than 35 years and is a former administrator for the Howard County Office of Aging.

Panelists will include Jackie Scott, director of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services; Louis (Rusty) Toler, Senior Fellow with the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), and Mary McGraw, founder of The Village In Howard serving residents 55 and older.

Historic Oakland is located at 5430 Vantage Point Road. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Register by calling 410-992-1241.

Columbia 50th Anniversary Doc on Sept. 13

The Howard County Citizens Association (HCCA) has announced the Sept. 13 film premiere of its documentary, “Columbia at 50 — A Bridge to the Future,” at 7 p.m., at the Smith Theatre-Horowitz Center at Howard Community College.

The event is free to the public and will include an introduction from film director Richard Krantz, of Pilot Productions. Krantz produced a documentary video for Columbia’s 20th anniversary, which also will be screened at the event. Josh Olson, Jim Rouse’s biographer, will be an additional featured speaker. Also, a panel discussion on the vision for the future of Columbia will close out the event. Panelists will include Del. Terri Hill and other notable Columbians.
The film was made possible by contributions from major backers including the HCCA, Columbia Association, British American Auto Care and the state of Maryland.
Tickets are free at