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

It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as  independent as possible, for as long as possible.  This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families.  We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.





A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Hello Ulster County Seniors,

Here comes the Fall!

September is a busy month!  Most of us immediately think of going back to school when we think of September.  And true to form, many of our grandkids are getting ready to go back to school.  But we also have many other days of recognition and social programs this September.

The first is Labor Day.  This is the day we recognize the hard work and accomplishments of the American worker. 

September 10th is National Grandparents Day and of course, September 11th is a day of national remembrance which promotes community service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

September 27th is our showing of the London film production of “An American in Paris” at the Rosendale Theater. Remember to call the UCOFA and reserve a space. Our number is 845-340-3456.

September 22nd is the official beginning of Autumn. September is Fall Prevention Month so please be sure to reserve a spot at our Lunch and Learn on “Home Safe Home” on September 25th.  Call the office at 845-340-3456 for a reservation.

We wish you a wonderful month and please do not hesitate to call us if you need anything!

Shelley Wagar



The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

Dear Ulster County Senior,

I want to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).  This is an opportunity to make sure we are prepared for an emergency or disaster.  This year’s theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   Having a plan in place will give you and your family peace of mind.  In addition, you may want to learn a lifesaving skill such as CPR or first aid, check your insurance policy to make sure you have the appropriate coverage for flooding or other hazards, and save for costs that may be associated with an emergency.    

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, month-long effort started by the Ready Campaign, and is in its 15th 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 provides us with a great reminder to be proactive and be prepared because a disaster or emergency could have life threatening implications. 

I urge you to make an emergency plan by visiting 

To find out more information on how to do so please visit or call:

Although I hope we are never faced with a disaster, having an emergency plan and being prepared will benefit ourselves, our families, neighbors and communities in a time of crisis.


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.


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