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 June and welcome to the warm weather!  June is our gateway to summertime and the Ulster County Office for the Aging has social and educational programming for seniors to take advantage of!

We honor two outstanding Ulster County Seniors at our Senior of the Year picnic on June 21. Please join us honoring Berenice Fitzgerald and Susan Wiand, of Kingston and Walkill respectively, for their service.  The Office for Aging was thrilled to attend the celebration of these two women and volunteers from across the great State of New York in late May at Older New Yorker’s Day.  The celebration was a time to reflect on the genuine gift of Berenice and Susan’s time and talents to Ulster County.  We applaud them for their outstanding service. During this event, we heard from State Assemblywoman, Donna Lupardo.  Ms. Lupardo is the Chairperson of the Assembly’s Committee on Aging.  During her speech, she made a very valuable reflection about aging in place versus aging all over the place.

The Ulster County Office for the Aging, with support and great leadership from our County Executive, Mike Hein, aims to assist seniors in staying in their home if possible with resources and services that make it safe and avoid unnecessary placement in a long-term care community.  But, what struck me as so important in Ms. Lupardo’s speech was her comment about aging all over the place.  This goes back to the Older American’s Month theme, Engage at Every Age.  We, as seniors, must engage and do so through multiple outlets- whether it be our place of worship, volunteering at the local library, reaching out to friends for a lunch outing, taking a walk, join a senior club and go on one their trips, and many more ways. Quality of life matters- and seniors must define what the formula is for an enhanced quality of life.  And, if along the way, the Ulster County Office for Aging can assist you in possible way, we are just a phone call away!

Shelley Wagar



The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

 Dear Ulster County Senior,

The month of May concluded with many memorial ceremonies held throughout our patriotic County to remember and pay respect to our fallen soldiers and their families.  On May 24th, Ulster County area Veterans and members of the community gathered in front of the County Office Building to honor Ulster County Service Members who made the ultimate sacrifice at a beautiful candlelight ceremony at the Ulster County Memorial Roll of Honor. 

As you know, Ulster County will never forget our Veterans and I want to remind you that the Vietnam Travelling Memorial Wall will be installed at the Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties and will welcome visitors July 18-23.  The Vietnam Travelling Memorial Wall is a 5/8 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., reaching 6 feet high at its apex and stretching almost three hundred feet from end to end and bears the names of over 58,000 service members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.  Bringing The Vietnam Travelling Memorial Wall to Ulster County is a small gesture of gratitude and respect for our Veterans, many of whom have friends whose names appear on the wall.  Our local Veterans and residents who may not have the opportunity to visit the national Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. will now have a chance to pay their respects to those listed on the monument to whom we owe so much.  I invite all of you to join me in July at what will undoubtedly be a deeply moving and emotional experience.

I also wanted to let you know that recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Rail Explorers, a new rail bike attraction where passengers can travel along the former Ulster and Delaware (U&D) corridor between Phoenicia and Boiceville which runs along the Esopus Creek. All excursions begin at the Empire State Railway Museum for an eight mile round trip.  In addition, the bikes are outfitted with electric assistive motors for areas of track that are on an incline, and they engage when riders pedal up the slope on the return leg of the ride.  Families and friends of all ages and abilities can enjoy this unique experience. They have a total of four tandem (2 person) bikes and three quad (4 person) bikes. The business officially opened on Saturday, May 26th. For more information please call 1-877-833-8588 or visit

Enjoy your summer!


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 June 2018 Newsletter