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August 2021 Message from Department of Aging and Community Living

The Mayor ended the public health emergency on July 25! It’s been such a long road for all of us, and thanks to your tremendous sacrifices, DC is OPEN. We officially opened all our wellness centers in June and opened most of our dining sites in July.

I’m so proud of how we’ve been able to keep connected during the public health emergency whether virtually, or through socially distanced, masked drive-up celebrations, and I’m so excited that I can see you in person for hugs, fist bumps, and lots of smiles. This past year and a half has taught me so much, but the most enduring lesson is that we need each other. Humans are profoundly social beings, meant to live in community, to love and to care for each other.

I’m so grateful to be a part of this community. Thank you for sticking with us through these difficult 17 months, thank you for getting vaccinated, and most of all, thank you for keeping your connections with your friends and neighbors strong. If you’ve lost contact with some of your loved ones, now is a great time to reach out to them, invite them along to one of our dining sites, or activities, or bring them into our senior wellness centers. Give us a call at 202-724-5626 to learn more about activities you can join together.

While we’ve been able to stay connected with you, there are so many older adults who may not be connected to our programs. DACL, our sister agencies, and our community partners are ramping up our outreach. But it takes an entire community to reach our residents who may be isolated and alone. My charge to you as we get back to in-person engagement is to

help us reach those who need connection the most. Tell a friend or two about the incredible programs we have available throughout the city. Whether it’s a hula hoop class, a competitive game of Bingo, or an outdoor cardio class — we have something for everyone! Activities, great lunches, and friends are waiting for you!

If you started receiving frozen meals during the public health emergency, you should have gotten a letter with one of your deliveries. We’re celebrating the end of the public health emergency, and if you no longer need your meal deliveries, just give us call at 202-724-5626.

We’re ready for you and excited to see you in person, but we’re also continuing virtual programming (check out our virtual events site at daclvirtualevents.splashthat.com). No matter how you stay connected, just stay connected!

See you soon!

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