Kelly McMullen, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
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 Kelly McMullen
Director of the Office for the Aging--
I cannot believe how fast this summer has flown by-- I had the opportunity to see some of you over the past few weeks and look forward to seeing more of you this Fall.
At the Office for the Aging, we are all about keeping seniors safe and healthy. On Wednesday, September 28th we are doing our annual Falls Prevention program at the Rosendale Rec Center. Everyone is welcome. We will be serving lunch but people need to RSVP!! We will have a Tai Chi Demo and important information about balance and keeping your home safe. Call our office to RSVP 845-340-3456.
We have health promotion workshops all over the county (Kingston, Saugerties and Ellenville!) starting this September. These programs have been proven to help people feel better and become more capable of dealing with their chronic health conditions. You can see the details in the flyers in this newsletter. Give our office a call to make your reservation.
We want to keep seniors and caregivers informed about changes that will be happening with Medicare for 2017. We are doing a lunch and learn on October – you need to give a call to reserve a spot.
Good News! We are adding more hours to our legal program to help meet the demand. Our attorneys can assist with civil cases and preparation of wills, health care proxies, living wills, power of Attorney. Call the OFA to make your appointment.
Remember, you have a friend at the OFA—call if we can do anything for you or your neighbors.
The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This important initiative encourages everyone to make a plan in order to know what to do during an emergency. This year’s theme of “Don’t Wait, Communicate, Make Your Emergency Plan Today” focuses on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. This is a nationwide, month-long effort started by the Ready Campaign, and is in its thirteenth year, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Unfortunately, we never know when an emergency will take place as we have witnessed in the past with Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. National Preparedness Month reminds us to be proactive and be prepared because a disaster or emergency could be the difference between life and death.
I urge you to put together an emergency kit and make a plan that includes who to call, where to meet and what to pack. For more information please visit www.ready.gov and http://www.community.fema.gov/ or call 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239), or contact the Ulster County Department of Health – Public Health Preparedness Program at (845) 334-5540.
UCOFA in the Community
To my pictures of UCOFA in the community visit our Photo Gallery page.