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

Happy Older Americans Month!

As part of our celebration, I’m pleased to unveil the new name of our newsletter — Living Boldly! We’re excited to continue to provide you with the same senior-focused news and information you’ve always
expected, but under a name that reflects the vibrancy of our community.

This month, I asked our Mayor to share a special Older Americans Month message with you, which includes more information about how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. The sooner each of us gets vaccinated, the sooner we can see each other in person (safely!)!

Thanks for helping us make D.C. a place where everyone — no matter our age or ability — can live boldly!

Laura Newland


By Muriel Bowser, Mayor
District of Columbia

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser

Happy Older Americans Month, D.C.!

This year, we celebrate our most seasoned residents at a moment of great hope. After a long year, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccines are moving us toward a better normal. After months apart, vaccinated friends and families are finally starting to come back together. Grandparents are reuniting with grandchildren who missed them dearly. And lifelong friends are getting back together for meals, and walks, and much-needed in-person conversations and celebrations.

And while our work to crush this virus is not yet done, I want to pause to say thank you. Thank you for the sacrifices you made to protect yourself and others.
You discovered new ways to stay connected and engaged like participating in Fit DC workouts in your living room, navigating virtual classes designed with you
in mind, and chatting with DACL staff just about anything through the Call & Talk program. You turned trial into triumph, teaching all of us the true meaning of this year’s Older Americans Month theme, Communities of Strength.

And thank you for getting our vaccination efforts off to a strong start. Today, more than 70% of DC seniors are vaccinated, and with your help, we are working hard to reach every senior — and every person 16 and older — in Washington, D.C.

If you are not yet vaccinated, I am asking you to join me, and Dr. Nesbitt, and more than 230,000 Washingtonians in getting vaccinated. Today, you can
walk up to vaccination sites across DC to get your free COVID-19 vaccine. You
can learn more about these sites at coronavirus. as well as at If you are unable to leave home, you can also call DC Health at 1-855-363-0333 and make an appointment to get vaccinated at home.

If you’re already vaccinated, I’m challenging you to make sure your friends and your family members also get vaccinated. Share your experience with people who are nervous to get vaccinated and call or text your friends and neighbors and help them make a plan to get a free COVID-19 vaccine.

The sooner we’re all vaccinated, the sooner we can crush this virus and get back to the people and activities we love. And when we do get back to a better normal, I can’t wait to celebrate you in person for the many ways you
continue to make Washington, D.C. the greatest city in the world and soon to be 51st state.

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