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

Dear Ulster County Seniors,

 Happy February to all-

The Ulster County Office for the Aging is busy working for you planning and improving the services we offer. We have added a calendar page to the UCOFA web page so that individuals can see what is happening as events are finalized.  The link to that page is  We have finished planning two summer picnics and the four holiday cabarets in December.  We hope to set some date for our Summer Concert Series soon so please keep checking the calendar.

February is Heart Awareness Month.  We can all keep our hearts healthy by eating well and exercising.  The UCOFA can help you achieve both! We have several Tai Chi programs specifically designed for Seniors currently underway and more are being added. Thanks to County Executive Mike Hein’s commitment to seniors we will be starting drop-in Tai Chi in March!  And, if you are interested in healthy eating, why not join us at one of our Friendship Sites for a congregate meal?  Meals are designed on the food pyramid and approved by our dietician.  Our Friendship sites are in Saugerties, New Paltz, Rosendale, Ellenville and Ulster. For more information on times, addresses and menus, visit our website at or call us at the office, 845-340-3456. We also offer home-delivered meals for seniors who are not able to cook for themselves.

The UCOFA also offers legal services and health insurance counseling year-round.  We have NY Connects to help you with information and assistance around services available in Ulster County. Volunteer opportunities and transportation to medical appointments are all part of our daily work at the OFA.  Give us a call-845-340-3456, we are here for you.

The UCOFA is always looking for ideas and feedback!  Please feel free to call me at 845-340-3578 or email me at swag[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us.

Have a wonderful February,


Shelley Wagar


The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

 I want to make you aware of the increased number of flu outbreaks throughout New York State and even right here in Ulster County which has recently resulted in a record high number of doctor visits and hospitalizations.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that residents ages six months of age and older get a flu vaccination.  If you have not already received a flu vaccination it is important to get one immediately. In addition, if you have flu symptoms please contact your health care provider as soon as possible and ask about anti-viral medications.  It is also important to stay home and rest and avoid spreading the flu to others.  A flu vaccination is the best possible defense against the flu virus and is an important preventative health measure to help avoid any unnecessary illness.  There are many locations through the county that make it convenient for individuals to receive a flu shot.  If you need assistance please contact our office at 845-340-3456.

 I also want to let you know that February is American Heart Month with February 2nd being National Wear Red Day.  I have ordered the Ulster County Office Building to be lit red for the month of February to help raise awareness regarding the prevention of heart disease and stroke.  I also want to thank the American Heart Association for their important work and efforts in educating our community. 

We live in a very special place, with very special people and I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Executive.


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 February 2018 Newsletter