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December 4, 2013

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A Special Surprise from the Capital Area Food Bank

Capital Area Food Bank

(Photo Credit: White House Photographer Pete Souza)

Last week, seniors and children visiting Capital Area Food Bank the day before Thanksgiving not only received a special basket for the holidays, they got a very special surprise. The volunteers helping to distribute the Thanksgiving baskets were President and First Lady Obama, their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and Mrs. Robinson.

The Capital Area Food Bank has been an important partner in helping DCOA to administer its Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides nutritious food to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and lactating women; preschool-age children; and residents 60 years old or older. In addition to providing nutritious food, the CSFP also provides nutrition education to assist participants to improve their health through better nutrition. For more information about CSFP, click here.

There are many different ways to help the Capital Area Food Bank feed those in need. Each one is important in addressing the increase in hunger. To learn more, visit www.capitalareafoodbank.org. 

Mayor's Commission on HIV/AIDS

Mayor's Commission on HIV/AIDS

Mayor Vincent C. Gray swore in members of the Commission on HIV/AIDS, including DCOA Executive Director John M. Thompson, to help continue progress and save lives.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 15 percent of new HIV/AIDS cases in the District of Columbia are among older adults.  While this is a slow increase over several years, 75 percent of older adults are late testers, meaning that they test within 12-months of HIV contraction and are typically diagnosed with AIDS at the same time. For more information on older adults and HIV/AIDS, click here.

Seniors and Food in the District

DCOA Executive Director John M. Thompson, Ph.D. was a recent guest columnist for the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.  The column focused on the District’s efforts to combat senior hunger.  According to the American Community Survey 2011 estimates, there were nearly 70,000 seniors age 65 years and older who headed households in the Washington Metropolitan Region with incomes under $30,000 annually. Read more here.  

Citizen Snow Team Volunteers Needed

The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is seeking volunteers from across the District to join our 2013-2014 Citizen Snow Team that will clear sidewalks of elderly and disabled residents after it snows.  The District requires property owners (residential and commercial) to clear the sidewalks surrounding their property within 24-hours after a snowfall.  Even a dusting of snow can be too much for elderly or disabled residents to shovel. That’s why we are asking you to volunteer your services and make winter a little easier on everyone.

Persons interested in volunteering can register here.  SAVE THE DATE: Citizen Snow Team orientation will take place the evening of December 12.  

D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking Consumer Protection Advocate Warns: Don’t Get Sucked in by Con Artists

Articles in places like Forbes magazine and the website Gizmodo describe it as one of “Seven Fun Ways for Retirees to Make Money” and an easy way to “Make Money on Your Lunch Break.”

Mystery shopping can be fun and reasonably profitable. It can also be a scam designed to separate you from your money before you realize it’s even gone.

Real mystery-shopping companies pay people to shop at the companies’ clients and report their experiences. Big retailers, for instance, will contract with mystery-shopping companies to find out how their sales people treat customers.

Read full article here.

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December issue of the Spotlight on Aging Newsletter

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December issue of the
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Click here for the DCOA Calendar of Events!

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DCOA in the Media

Age-Friendly DC Forum, 9/21/13

Washington Times article 9/26/13

Washington Post InBrief 9/19/13

Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant 2013

Washington Informer, June 26, 2013

The Washington Post Brief, July 3, 2013

The Washington Sun

DCN-16 Coverage Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant 2013

Mayor's Second Annual Senior Symposium

DCN-16 Coverage Senior Symposium

WJLA-TV article

Washington Informer Silver Alert article

Washington Informer Symposium article

27th Annual Salute to DC Centenarians media coverage links

Washington Post article and photo gallery

WJLA/News Channel 8, article, video and photo gallery

Fox5DC article and video coverage

WTOP article and photo gallery

WAMU 88.5FM How to Live to be 100 in DC

Other Media Links

Washington Post article Alzheimer's First State Plan 11/19/2013

Washington Post Brief Smart911 Presentations 11/20/2013

DCOA Interview WHUR 96.3 FM Insight Segment on the  "Daily Drum" 2/19/13

Video: DCN-DCOA Performance Oversight Hearing 2/21/13 Part I

Video: DCN-DCOA Performance Oversight Hearing 2/21/13 Part II

Video: DCN-DCOA Performance Oversight Hearing 2/21/13 Part III

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