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DACL Alzheimer’s Programs

DACL’s Federally Funded Programs

District of Columbia Department of Aging and Community Living: Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and is operated by DCAL throughout the city. The goal is to train the Senior Service Network (SSN) providers to identify DC residents living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) and link them to culturally competent, person-centered home and community-based services and support (HCBS).

Deliver a comprehensive and sustainable quality of HCBS via behavior symptom management and expert consultation for DC residents with ADRD and their family caregivers by piloting Savvy Caregiver Program and Alzheimer’s Poetry Project—Creative Arts Training, Memory Arts Café, and Poetry for Life.

Lead Service Provider
Department of Aging and Community Living
500 K Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 727-1543
Fax: (202) 724-2008

Savvy Caregiver Program: Empowering DC Caregivers

DACL’s Savvy Caregiver Program empowers DC caregivers to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for your family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The Savvy Caregiver Program is a series of six (6) classes for caregivers in DC who provide care for older adults, age 60 and over, and adults with disabilities, age 18 and older, living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The program is delivered in 2-hour sessions, over a 6-week period. Please contact DACL Special Projects Coordinator, Linda Irizarry at 202-535-1442 or [email protected].

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

DACL partners with Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) to improve the quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). APP trains the Senior Service Network (SSN) providers to facilitate the creative arts approach to care for the delivery of behavioral symptom management and expert consultation. The training emphasizes simple poetry techniques and how they can be combined with dance, exercises, music, storytelling, and visual art to facilitate a new and positive way of communicating with people in all stages of dementia.

DACL in partnership with APP offers the following services.

  • Creative Arts Training for network providers. All clients and family members in DC will also be eligible to participate in the training.
  • Memory Arts Café (MAC): a recreation & socialization program for persons with ADRD and their caregivers at faith-based organizations and SSN provider sites in DC.
  • Poetry for Life (PFL): an intergenerational program for DC middle and high school students to be trained to advocate and support persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Contact APP Project Director, Gary Glazner at 505-577-2250 or [email protected] to participate.

Service Provider
Alzheimer's Poetry Project

DACL’s District Funded Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Programs

District of Columbia Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL): Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) Program. The goal of the city-wide ADI program is to serve DC older adults with memory loss (especially those living alone) and caregivers by providing services such as the Money Management, Club Memory, and Dementia Navigators. The locally funded program began in January 2018 after the federally funded program ended in December 2017.

CityWide Money Management

DACL funds the Money Management Program (MMP) assists older adults experiencing memory loss with their monthly bills. The MMP offers two levels of assistance, hands-on assistance for those seeking support, as well as, representative payee services for those in need. The MMP also facilitates educational dialogues citywide.

Service Provider

IONA Senior Service
4125 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 895-9448

Dementia Navigators

DACL funds the dementia navigators to support older adults with dementia and their family care partners by linking them to community resources and educating them about dementia and how to manage behavioral symptom of dementia. Please call 202-895-9448 for services.

Service Provider
IONA Senior Service
4125 Albemarle ST NW
Washington, DC 20018

Club Memory

DACL expands Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Club Memory ® program across the city. Club Memory is a stigma-free social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment or other forms of dementia, and their spouses, partners, and caregivers. Sessions and community outreach activities are offered at diverse facilities—senior wellness centers and faith-based organizations. To register call Program Managers: Sharon Sellers at 202-660-6957 or Shruti Goel at 202-660-5664 to register.

Service Provider
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Sibley Senior Association
5255 Loughboro Road NW
Washington, DC 20016



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