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.


A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Hello Ulster County Seniors,

Happy Older Americans Month! Ulster County Executive Mike Hein asked me to let you know that this month is dedicated to each senior living in Ulster County. We applaud you, your successes and contributions to our wonderful county and for making it a better place to live, learn and engage.

The theme for Older American’s Month is “Engage at Every Age.” The Ulster County Office for the Aging (UCOFA) strives to support you in this goal by offering events, programming and volunteer opportunities so that our seniors may engage at every age.

Learning never ends so please join us for our Lunch and Learn on Emergency Preparedness on May 2.  Call the UCOFA at 845.340.3456 to reserve your seat. 

Another way to engage is to volunteer!  The UCOFA currently has a robust volunteer program but our partners always need more support and volunteers.  Some of the organizations we work with include Golden Hill Nursing and Rehab Center; People’s Place; Ulster County Tourism; Ellenville Hospital; Esopus Library; Rondout Valley Food Pantry, and many, many more. Please call Patrick McDonough at 845.340.3456 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Part of engagement includes taking care of yourself.  Please don’t forget that UCOFA offers nutritious meals for seniors over 60 at our OFA Community Cafes.  And to work up your appetite for the meal, why not join us for Tai Chi?  Tai Chi is a wonderful gift to give yourself- it lessens stress and anxiety and enhances your balance, agility and flexibility.  All the information regarding times and locations for our OFA Community Cafes and Tai Chi may be found on our website at

Have a wonderful month of May and I hope to see you soon.

Shelley Wagar


The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

 Dear Ulster County Senior,

The Ulster County Office for the Aging is here to serve you.  We have so many services and programs available that we invite you to take advantage of them.  Please know that many events are specifically designed for your benefit.

For example, Healthy Ulster County Week is May 4 – May 13, 2018 and we have a variety of activities planned thanks to our local businesses and organizations providing special events and promotions throughout the week.  Enjoy a healthy meal, an early morning bird walk, attend a fitness class, or participate in one of the many activities listed in our calendar of events as we continue our efforts to make Ulster County the healthiest County in New York State.  The Calendar of Events can be found on our websites:;;; or call us at 845-340-3800 for a printed copy or more information.

I also want to congratulate the 2018 Ulster County Senior of the Year, Berenice FitzGerald of Kingston and Ulster County’s Most Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen award winner Susan Wiand of Walker Valley.  They are being recognized for their caring and tireless contributions to enhance the lives of seniors within our community.

We truly have so many amazing residents who improve our community and I thank each of you for all you do.  Enjoy the spring!


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 May 2018 Newsletter