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December 17, 2013

DCOA E*News At-A-Glance

New Date for Mayor’s Senior Holiday Celebration

Senior Holiday Celebration 12/19

The Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration was rescheduled due to the inclement weather on December 10. The new date is Thursday, December 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the D.C. Armory.  All tickets and parking passes previously distributed for the event will be honored on that day.

Hope to see you there!

DCOA Helps Families in Need

DCOA collected more food than all agencies participating in the ServeDC food drive to benefit Food and Friends.  The agency collected nearly 410 pounds of food for those in need.

DCOA would like to thank the Hayes Senior Wellness Center and the Langdon Education Campus PTA for their generous contribution to their efforts.

Web Chat for Caregivers

"When Adult Grandchildren Become the Primary Caregiver" will be the topic for the next D.C. Caregivers Online Chat at Noon to be held on Tuesday, December 24 at 12 p.m.  The web chat is a great opportunity for caregivers to receive information on resources available, tips to assist with caregiving or discuss best practices with experienced caregivers.

If you are not available, just check back in and hit replay to this or other web chats at your convenience.  This resource is designed to assist caregivers that may need help with their daily caregiving needs.

Join the conversation here. For more information contact linda.irizarry@dc.gov or call 202-535-1442. 

Citizen Snow Team Volunteers Needed


The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is seeking volunteers from across the District to join the 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. Volunteer today to make winter a little easier on everyone.

Willing to assist those in need, click here to register.

Looking for Phenomenal Seniors

The Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage (TMCSH) will honor one D.C. senior citizen age 70 and older from each ward of the city who have contributed to and continue to contribute to their community. Nominations for the TMCSH Phenomenal Seniors are now available at www.thurgoodmarshallcenter.org.   The deadline to submit nominations is December 30, 2013. The Phenomenal Seniors awards ceremony will be held on February 22, 2014.  This is an opportunity for the community to recognize and thank those who have demonstrated outstanding community involvement.

For more information, call 202-491-0845 or email dowens@dotcommunications.net.

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December issue of the Spotlight on Aging Newsletter

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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

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

Mayor's Second Annual Senior Symposium

Video: 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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