The District of Columbia Office on Aging develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education and social services for the District's older adults (60 years and older), people with disabilities (18 years and older), and their caregivers.
The Office on Aging was created by DC Law 1-24 in 1975 as the District's State and Area Agency on Aging and structured to carry out advocacy, leadership, management, programmatic, and fiscal responsibilities. The Office on Aging oversees the operation of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). The ADRC provides a single, coordinated system of information and access for individuals seeking long-term services and supports. This is accomplished through the provision of unbiased, reliable information, counseling, and service access to older adults (60 years and older), people with disabilities (18 to 59 years old), and their caregivers. The ADRC facilitates the acquisition of services individualized to the unique needs and desires expressed by each person.
Additionally, DCOA also funds a Senior Service Network (“Network”) comprised of 20 community-based non-profit and private organizations that operate more than 30 programs that provide direct services to the District's older adult residents. These services are crucial to the Network and support a broad range of legal, nutrition, social, and health services – including adult day care caregiver support services, hospital discharge planning, long-term care options counseling, nursing home transition services, and other additional support services.
The mission of the District of Columbia Department of Aging and Community Living is to advocate, plan, implement, and monitor programs in health, education, and social services for the elderly; to promote longevity, independence, dignity, and choice for aged District residents, District residents with disabilities regardless of age, and caregivers; to ensure the rights of older adults and their families, and prevent their abuse, neglect, and exploitation; to uphold the core values of service excellence, respect, compassion, integrity, and accountability; and to lead efforts to strengthen service delivery and capacity by engaging community stakeholders and partners to leverage resources.
The DC Office on Aging’s vision is to become the premier agency in Washington, DC addressing the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.
The DC Office on Aging is committed to the core values of:
- Service Excellence