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 Office for Aging Director, Kelly McMullen--
Nominate a Senior of the Year for 2015!
Please take a moment to nominate a senior citizen who deserves recognition as a“Senior Citizen of the Year for 2015.” Selected seniors, two from each county across the entire state of New York, are honored as part of the annual Celebration of Aging in May. This celebration involves a luncheon held in Albany where the seniors are publically recognized and honored by dignitaries including the Commissioner of the NY State Office for the Aging.
Last year, one of our two honorees, Donald Dubois, at the age of 100 years old, was the state wide senior of the year.Donald passed away in 2014.His family accompanied him to the Albany celebration last spring and told me how meaningful the honor was and how special the opportunity to be together in this way was for Donald and the family alike.
I encourage you to nominate a notable senior in your life or that you have admired from a far. Please use the link above to print out a nomination form.
Don’t hesitate to call with questions at 845-340-3578.
FREE TAX PREPARATION PROVIDED BY AARP TAXAIDE
AT SITES THROUGHOUT ULSTER COUNTY
IRS certified AARP volunteers will again help prepare and e-file federal and state tax returns for low and moderate income individuals and families this tax season. This free service is available at multiple sites throughout Ulster County. Assistance is available for basic tax preparation and special attention for those age 60 and over.
Appointments are necessary for all sites. Beginning Monday, February 2, 2015, call 845-255-0791, 10AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Thursday. Please leave a message and you will receive a call back.
Ulster County Office for the Aging is focusing on
Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
These FREE workshops are for people living with a chronic disease and their caregivers. Illnesses such as asthma, blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease are typical conditions that participants of these workshops have shown proven health benefits. Come with a friend!! There is still time to call the OFA and reserve your spot! 845-340-3456
Ellenville Senior Housing, Feb 2- Mar 9, Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Vineyard Commons, Highland, Feb 6- Mar 13, Fridays at 2p.m.
Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center,267 Broadway Kingston,
Feb 13-Mar 20, Fridays at 12:30
Birches at Saugerties, Rte 9W, Feb 16- Mar 23, Mondays at 12:30
DIABETESE SPECIFC Workshop at YMCA, Kinston, Feb 3-Mar 10 at 12:30
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.