Office for the Aging


Shelley Wagar

1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
Fax: 845-340-3583
Email: swag[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

The Office for the Aging is a department that assists Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible in their own home with support. We work as advocates for seniors, offering information and referrals, as well as providing programs for a variety of services.

We have been helping the residents of Ulster County age with dignity for over 38 years.  Please call for additional information.

The UCOFA Volunteer Program helps change lives:

Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein saved the The Volunteer Program. Read below the wonderful work our volunteers are doing and how it's changing lives:

Linda Young of Highland, NY, has been using the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a component of the UCOFA Volunteer Program for almost four years. Below is a quote from her. We hope it motivates you to want to be apart of our team as we are always looking for more drivers:

“I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for everything you do. Everybody at Neighbor to Neighbor does such a great job…Marvin, Phil, Cathie…all of them. I’ve been calling for more appointments than normal lately, and they are always there for me. I have to tell you that time riding with all that good energy has helped. I got really great news today, I’m clear of cancer. You don’t need to know that I guess, but I feel so happy today. I feel like Neighbor to Neighbor, and the drivers who are all volunteers, and their attitude about taking people where they need to go, has been part of my healing process. I’m sure it’s part of the healing process for a lot of others too. When something really good happens, I think that deserves a huge thank you. And so I’m calling to thank you for your assistance with this process that I’ve gone through. The help you’ve given me has been superior. All of your drivers are not only wonderful drivers, they’re always on time, they’re good conversationalists, and I can’t say enough good things about them. I just wanted to tell you that I am grateful for all you have given me.”

To learn more about the UCOFA Volunteer Program and on how you can become a volunteer click here:


A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Hello Seniors!

 Spring is in the air and we have a lot of activities, trainings and programs planned for Ulster County Seniors.  You will see the flyers throughout this newsletter.

 Thanks to our County Executive, Mike Hein, we have a robust volunteer program.  We could never do all we do at the OFA without our wonderful volunteers.  We would love to have you as part of our team!! There are three big trainings for Volunteers coming up: HIICAP-  help people navigate Medicare, REST- respite volunteer and Ombudsman- advocating for nursing home residents.

 We also have the following programs coming up in March: “Take charge of your Health” taking place in Walker Valley, 8-week Tai Chi in Stone Ridge and Medicare 101—for people who are getting ready to retire or turning 65.  We also have an ongoing Caregiver support group in Rosendale.  Call the OFA to reserve your spot for any of these programs- 845-340-3456.

 You asked for it and we heard you—MORE Tai Chi!  We now have drop-in Tai Chi throughout the County for people who have taken the eight-week beginner class.  Thanks to County Executive Hein’s commitment to making Ulster County the healthiest County in New York State, the OFA is able to offer seniors this ongoing program at no cost!

 If you have thoughts or comments, I would love to hear from you.

 Happy Spring!

Shelley Wagar


The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

 On February 5, 2018, I had the privilege of delivering the 2018 State of the County address to our residents to detail some of the many exciting initiatives scheduled to take place in the coming months as well as the accomplishments of the past year.

I am pleased to report that the state of our County is not only strong, it is stronger than it has ever been and I firmly believe that our finest days are yet to come.   We have rebuilt the county’s financial foundation, improved our overall bond rating, and accomplished what many people just assumed is impossible - greater access to better services with lower  taxes for everyone.   Ulster County property taxes in 2018 are the lowest they’ve been since all the way back in 2009, almost a decade ago.

In addition, the County’s $61 million dollar county-wide infrastructure overhaul is working better than we could have ever imagined, creating quality jobs and safer roads and bridges for everyone.  We are witnessing first-hand the reinvention and diversification of our County’s economy with dramatically lower unemployment rates, the birth of a film based entertainment industry and the explosion of tourism spending all across our county.

 I am particularly excited about our $11.3 million dollar, three project plan to increase opportunities for disadvantaged youth and improve access to a brighter future for everyone by positively impacting some of the root causes of generational poverty.   I am pleased to report that because of the quality of our projects, we have secured over $9.3 million dollars in grant funding to help offset our local costs.  This plan delivers access to higher education for inner city youth with our SUNY Ulster Kingston campus that’s already built and thriving;  it will include access to low cost, high quality food, plus a safe and secure location for children to play, for some of our poorest residents, by connecting mid-town Kingston to the City’s only major supermarket with our upcoming Linear Park; and  this year specifically, we are excited to provide access to a life altering second chance for at risk youth with our new Restorative Justice and Community Empowerment Center.  This facility will provide specialized programming to reducing recidivism, improve family reintegration and deliver targeted employment training for at risk youth, all to proactively alter the trajectory of their lives. 

As County Executive, I firmly believe you can have the best of both worlds. You can care for people in their moments of greatest need and still protect taxpayers.   Together we can strive for a brighter future for everyone.  I am pleased to say that the state of our County is strong and it is getting stronger every single day because of you. 

To view the State of the County Address and related information please visit or


Michael P. Hein
County Executive 



For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.


CLICK HERE for the March 2018 Newsletter