March News from the Department of Aging and Community Living

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March 2020 Newsletter

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Information & Referral/Assistance

(202) 724-5626

Department of Aging and Community Living

500 K Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002

(202) 724-5626


Letter From the Director

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. I know it’s been a trying time, and we’re all still adjusting to this new normal. Know that the Department of Aging and Community Living is still here for you. Even though we’re working a little differently these days, our commitment to you remains the same.

Thanks to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s leadership during this difficult time, we’ve been able to react quickly and close all of our dining sites and senior wellness centers where many of our seniors gathered daily for lunch and conversation. We’ve converted these services to meal delivery, virtual programming on Channel 16, through, and with our regular reassurance call—minimizing potential exposure.  

Our Information and Referral line also remains open Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please reach out to us at 202-724-5626 if you’re in need of services and support. My team is standing by and ready to connect with you.

Read more HERE

In This Month's Newsletter 

COVID-19: What You Need to Know

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Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. If you are in this higher-risk population, the CDC recommends you:

  • Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed

  • Avoid crowds as much as possible

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others

  • Stock up on supplies, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands many times a day

  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel

Learn more about COVID-19 HERE.

Call & Talk – Give us a Call DC Seniors!

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DACL is here for you when times are great, and when times are not so great. Sign up for Call & Talk, our newest program that gives you the opportunity to receive a call from us to talk about anything!
Call us at 202-724-5626 or email us at to learn more. 

Let's Practice Good Hygiene DC!

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Here are a few tips for minimizing the spread of germs in the District:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when feeling sick

For more health and hygiene tips, click HERE.

It's Time – DC Census 2020 is Happening NOW!

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The 2020 Census is here! Complete the Census now online, by phone, or once you receive it in the mail. 

Make sure that we all #GetCountedDC. Learn more HERE.

Stores are Opening Earlier for Seniors!

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Several stores in the District are opening early so that our older residents can shop, minimizing their exposure to COVID-19. Some stores include Dollar General, Giant, and Safeway. 

Learn more about early store openings HERE.

All DACL Events are Suspended Until Further Notice

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We will continue delivering meals to our dining site and senior wellness center participants. If you, or someone you know is 60 or older and in need of a meal, please call us at 202-724-5626 to be referred.

Questions? Contact for more information.

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