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

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Dear Seniors,

I’m Jessica Smith, DACL’s new Interim Director, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve District seniors in this vital role. In my previous position as DACL’s Chief Program Officer, I’ve been able to see the many ways that DC residents constantly build communities of support. I’ve learned firsthand that the best way we can provide high-quality programs and services to our seniors is by listening closely to what District residents have to say and making sure that their thoughts and concerns are taken into action. 

In June, I had the pleasure of meeting and engaging with many of you –– from celebrating Pride all month long with our diverse group of LGBTQ+ seniors, to learning how to Age in Style with our new Ms. Senior DC, Ms. Vené LaGon, to showing support, inspiration, and love at Mayor Bowser’s 11th Annual Senior Symposium –– you have all shown me how you live boldly, and I am so excited to take this journey alongside each and every one of you.

As we continue to celebrate DC being open, I am thrilled to continue to engage with you all summer long. Our agency is here to help you along the way. With a variety of new programming coming your way, and a new Senior Wellness Center coming to Ward 8, I want you to know that we’re here to address your feedback. We hear you –– now it’s time for you to connect in the ways that you’ve been looking forward to.

Being the Interim Director for a little over a month, there’s still A LOT of you that I need to connect with, and I’d love to hear from you. Email and tell me a bit about what you want to see more of in your community and how DACL can best serve you.

Take care,


Looking for District Centenarians

We’re looking for District centenarians to honor for National Centenarian Day! Know a DC resident who has celebrated their 100th birthday or will celebrate it by July 31st? Email with the details. 

Please send the name, date of birth, and contact information for the centenarian(s).

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