Laura Newland, executive director, DC Office of Aging and Community Living

Happy Pride! The Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) is gearing up for an active summer out in the community with you. This month, we’re PROUD to be joining Mayor Muriel Bowser in the Capital Pride Parade on June 8.  And we’ll be back again this year with our Senior Pride Trolley. If you are an LGBTQ older adult, age 60 and over, and you want to ride along with us during the parade, reach out to my office at 202-724-5626. Seats are limited, but all are welcome to walk with the Mayor and DACL.

Then on Sunday, June 9, DACL will have a booth at the Capital Pride Festival to highlight our programs and services to keep you healthy, engaged, and active during these hot summer months, and all year long. I hope you’ll connect with us this weekend and celebrate all that our older LGBTQ adults have done to pave the way for us today and for future generations to live and love openly and without fear.

Also this month, Mayor Bowser is hosting the Eighth Annual Senior Symposium at Ballou High School on June 19. Our theme this year is Connect, Create, Contribute, building on the energy from Older Americans Month. Join us to celebrate you, learn something new, pick up a new activity or hobby, or just fellowship with your friends and neighbors. We’ll be welcoming Rayceen Pendarvis back as our master of ceremonies as well as a great lineup of performances, educational sessions, and exhibitors. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, I encourage you to do so quickly. Give my office a call at 202-724-5626 for assistance with registration.

On June 28, Mayor Bowser, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and DACL will be hosting the annual Senior Fest at Oxon Run Park. This annual event is a fun outdoor celebration with live entertainment, dancing, health exhibits, games, guest speakers, and lunch. Contact 202-391-1623 or visit to register.

If you’re like me, you’re looking for some friendly competition this summer. DACL’s 3rd annual Brain Games will kick off in July. This is a citywide trivia competition for seniors in the District, which will start with inter-ward competitions next month. All wards will then compete against each other in August to take home the top prize — bragging rights for the year and a huge trophy displayed in your ward. It’s not too late to sign up. Contact your local lead agency for more information.

So as you can see, there’s plenty to do all across the city over the summer months. Whether you want to learn something new at the Senior Symposium, celebrate the diversity of our great city at Pride, relax in the sun at Senior Fest, or test your trivia with Brain Games, DACL can keep you connected to these activities and so much more. Reach out to my office and let us know what you’re interested in. I’m sure we’ll have something for you. I can’t wait to see you this summer.

Aging is Living!

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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