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

Happy Older Americans Month! This year’s theme is Age My Way, celebrating the ways in which older adults choose to thrive in the communities they know and love. May is the month where we join the rest of the country in celebrating and honoring your accomplishments, service to your communities, and the ways in which you help all of us Thrive Together.

For DACL, this is a personal mission our team works towards every day—but we call it Live Boldly! Every day, our team is working hard to reach the hardest to reach seniors and to ensure those who need resources and services receive them, making Washington, DC a place where all older adults can live and thrive in the communities they know and love.

Just like in prior years, our Mayor continues to make significant investments in making sure longtime DC residents like you can stay and thrive in DC. The Fiscal Year 2023 budget includes helping families pass on property from one generation to the next, lowering property taxes for seniors, and helping residents maintain their properties. As the Mayor has noted, so much of our city’s $5.7 billion health and human services budget is focused on seniors and making sure our older residents have access to world-class health care, housing, and opportunities.

Older Americans Month couldn’t have come at a better time and that’s because DC is Open, which means more opportunities for us to gather, connect, and engage in-person. All month long, our wellness centers, community dining sites, and other community partners have tons of events planned to celebrate our city’s oldest residents. One of those events is the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Senior Fest! This year’s fest is taking place at the Gateway Pavilion in Ward 8 and we have so much in store for you. Music, live entertainment, exhibitors, health screenings, games, a great lunch and more. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to visit dpr.events.com to register!

While Older Americans Month is all about taking the time to engage with you in the community, it’s also a time for us to reinforce our commitment of listening to what matters most to you. In my January column, I shared more about our newest initiative called the Future of Aging (FOA) Project. FOA is all about using your feedback to help redesign systems and programs around your insights, feelings, and experiences. Together, we can create a customer experience that we can all be proud of. If you’re interested in participating in some of these activities, please call 202-715-7534 or email us at futureofaging@dc.gov.

Keep living boldly!!!

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