District of Columbia Office on Aging Overview
The District of Columbia Caregivers' Institute concept is the brain child
of E. Veronica Pace, Executive Director of the DC Office on Aging. The DC
Office on Aging develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of
health, education, employment, and social services for the District's elderly
population 60 years of age and older.
The Office on Aging was created by DC Law 1-24 in 1975 as the District's State
and Area Agency on Aging. It is structured to carry out advocacy, leadership,
management, program, and fiscal responsibilities. On the program level, the
Office on Aging oversees the operation of two on-site programs: Information
and Assistance and Senior Employment Programs. In addition,
it contracts for and monitors the operation of a District-owned, privately
operated nursing home. It also funds a Senior Service Network comprising 24
community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to the
District's elderly citizens.
The 24 community-based, education, government, and private organizations that make
up the Senior Service Network operate more than 42 programs for older persons.
Crucial to the Network are six Lead Agencies that offer a broad range of legal,
nutrition, social, and health services. The goal of these six agencies is to
enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families throughout all
eight wards of the District of Columbia. The agencies accomplish this goal through
widespread distribution of information about the variety of services and programs
offered seniors throughout the city and ways to access them.