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.
A Message from Kelly McMullen
Director of the Office for the Aging--
I say it all the time-- the best part of my job is meeting the seniors I serve!
I have had a great new opportunity to meet seniors as I learn the ropes of the RSVP volunteer program. As many of you know the Office for the Aging will be stepping in as the Community College lets go of RSVP (a program that links each individual volunteer to interesting and appropriate volunteer opportunities). County Executive Mike Hein knows the importance of this program and how vitally important volunteers are to our community. Research also shows how volunteering helps keep seniors energetic and healthy as they age.
First-- I want you to know I hold this program near and dear to my heart and I am delighted to be overseeing it through this time of transition and beyond. Second-- I am reaching out to YOU—all the active seniors who might like to share your wisdom and talents with others. This can include driving people who need a ride to the doctor, helping at one of the 39 agencies we are affiliated with, or helping us at the Office for Aging-- we have several new programs that include telephone outreach to homebound seniors, Social Security Ambassadors and Health insurance counseling.
Every Senior I have met who volunteers says they get much more out of the experience than they ever imagined. The theme for 2015 New York State Office for the Aging is “Get in the Act”. I personally invite you to be part of our amazing team of volunteers. You know where to reach us—845-340-3456.
Medicare Saving Program
The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) helps millions of people on Medicare save money each year. MSP can pay some or all of your Medicare premiums and may pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance. The maximum gross income for MSP is $1333/single; $1790/couple; your resources are not counted. If you know of someone you think may be eligible for MSP, please call the Office for the Aging for a HIICAP appointment. 845-340-3456.
BEWARE! TAXPAYERS TARGETED BY IRS PHONE SCAM
If you get a call from someone from the IRS demanding that you pay up or else, hang up. According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Division of Consumer Affairs, these individuals are out to cheat you.
This phone scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. They often threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
The truth is that the IRS will first contact people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the agency won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS will NOT ask for a credit card number over the phone.
If you get such a call, Consumer Affairs (340-3260) offers these suggestions:
- If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with payment questions.
- If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) at 800-366-4484.
TIGTA and the IRS encourage taxpayers to be alert for phone and e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. These scam e-mails should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.