Happy New Year from the Maryland Department of Aging

A Message from Secretary Roques


As we bid farewell to 2023, I am filled with gratitude for all we have accomplished this year and look forward to the many opportunities to come in 2024. Since joining Governor Moore's administration, I am grateful to be part of a team dedicated to serving older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.

In the past year we have worked together to reach several milestones, including rebuilding the agency to more effectively and efficiently fulfill the mission, launching a multisector plan for aging, or Longevity Ready Maryland, and partnering with other state agencies to promote long-term care and housing initiatives that support affordable aging in place. We have also begun to change the narrative around aging, recognizing the potential of the older population to the economic and social fabric of Maryland. 

Yet, there is much work to be done. My pledge to you is to continue our efforts in 2024 so that one day, all Marylanders will lead healthy, financially secure, socially connected, and purposeful lives throughout their lifespans.

Reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year and the possibilities for the future, I want to wish each and every one of you a happy new year filled with opportunities, growth, and positive moments.

A Look Back at 2023

Swearing In

When I took on the role of Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging, I made a commitment to support Governor Moore's vision of a more just and equitable Maryland where no one gets left behind, including older adults, people living with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. Photo credit: Maryland GovPics