Jessica Smith, interim director, D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living
Jessica Smith, interim director, D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living

Happy New Year! As we started to get back to “normal” in 2022, we had much to celebrate. We launched new programs, brought back some of your favorite events like Senior Fest and the Senior Symposium, tested our knowledge with the 5th Annual Senior Brain Games, and ended the year with joy, celebration, and well wishes at the Mayor’s 24th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. I had the best time catching up and dancing with all of you! I couldn’t think of a better way for us to end the year.

With 2023 in front of us, we have so much to look forward to! One of the things I’m most excited about is the expansion of our popular Safe at Home program. As many of you know, Mayor Bowser first created Safe at Home in 2016, responding to the urgent need of older adults who were at risks for falls and other household accidents. And since we launched Safe at Home,

we’ve been able to help more than 5,500 District residents safely remain in their homes. With Safe at Home 2.0, we get to further alleviate the risks of falls for older adults by including three additional prevention categories in our program: medication management, vision screenings, and balance and strength training. We’re super excited to give seniors like you more options to reduce the risks of falls and support you as you age the way you want and choose. To learn more about Safe at Home 2.0, reach out to us at 202-724-5626 or at

Before you know it, my favorite holiday of the year will be here! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that means we’re gearing up for our 7th Annual Cupid’s Kids Initiative! We’re continuing our partnership with District public and charter schools to make handmade cards for our homebound seniors and any older adult who may want a card. This intergenerational project is a small gesture that makes a huge impact. It’s a reminder that human connection is something that we all need so much, especially during a season where some of us may be feeling lonely and

isolated. So, if you want to receive a card or even just a call to talk, please reach out to us at 202-724-5626.

Thanks for helping make 2022 a great year for DACL. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2023. As always, if you have ideas or thoughts, feel free to reach out. We’d love to hear from you!

Jessica Smith

Safe at Home
The Department of Aging and Community Living’s Safe at Home Program provides safety adaptations in and around the homes of qualifying Seniors and adults with disabilities.

In-home Adaptations
Safe at Home provides in-home preventative adaptations to reduce the risk of falls. Examples include:

  • Handrails
  • Grab bars
  • Bathtub cuts
  • Shower seat
  • Furniture risers
  • Chair lift

Who should apply?
District residents, age 60 and over, or adults with disabilities, age 18 and over, who are homeowners or renters of a property used as a primary residence, with an annual household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)*.

*Additional eligibility requirements apply.  For more information on how you can apply for the Safe at Home Program, call (202) 724-5626

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