Laura Newland, director, D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living
Laura Newland, director, D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living

Dear Seniors,

The time has come for me to say goodbye.

For the past six and half years, you’ve honored me by telling me your stories, sharing what DC means to you, and showing me how we can make our city a place where all older adults can thrive. We’ve had lots of tough conversations with each other, figuring out what works and what doesn’t work to ensure DC is the best place to age. And, most importantly, we’ve had so much fun together – from pageants and barbecues, to dance contests and holiday parties, we’ve shown the world what it truly means to live boldly. And for these experiences and so much more, I’m so grateful to have served as Director of the Department of Aging and Community Living.

Before I go, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your patience, kindness and love. Because of you, my time with DACL will be unforgettable. The team at DACL will continue the work of ensuring all older adults can thrive in the communities you know and love. One of those team members is our Chief Program Officer, Jessica Smith. Jessica brings passion, brilliance and fierce dedication to DACL values. She steps in wherever she’s needed, bringing a fresh perspective and creative problem-solving skills. Most importantly, she listens. You may have met her already at our wellness centers or at the Senior Fest, and I’ve asked her to share a few words this month.

Remember — Aging is living!!

With so much gratitude,


Join Mayor Bowser and the Department of Aging and Community Living at Mayor Bowser’s 11th Annual Senior Symposium.

Advanced registration is required!
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You must be 60 or older and a District resident to attend. For more information, visit or call (202) 724-5626. #SeniorSymposium2022

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