FAQ: All

Q: Where can I get a handicapped parking permit?

A: Go to the Town Clerk in your town.  If you live in the City of Kingston, go to the Police Department on Garraghan Drive.  Bring a note from your doctor stating your need for the permit.

Q: Do you have a phone number for Social Security?

A: Social Security main telephone is 1-800-772-1213. Social Security Portal Services at the Office for the Aging are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only. The number is 1-877-405-5349, extension 22021. The Poughkeepsie Office is located at 332 Main Street. The number is 1-877-405-6747 and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesdays. The Hudson Office is located at 747 Warren Street. The number is 1-877-828-1691 and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesdays.  

Q: When will the Farmer’s Market coupons be available?

A: They are available each year starting about mid-to-late July for low income seniors 60 years old and older.  They can be picked up at the office Monday through Friday.  They are given out through September 30th and they must be used no later than November 15th.  They cannot be carried over to the following year.

Q: I’d like to make a contribution to the Office for the Aging. To whom should I write out my check?

A: The Office for the Aging is grateful for all donations.  Check should be made out to Ulster County and can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office for the Aging at 1003 Development Court, Kingston, NY  12401.

Q: I just got a phone call (or a letter in the mail) about something that sounds too good to be true (or that asks for personal information). Do you think this is a scam?

A: This is a perfect question for the Ulster County Consumer Fraud Department, which can be reached at (845) 340-3260. 

Q: Does your office provide legal services for seniors?

A: Yes.  Call the office at (845) 340-3456 or Toll Free 1-877-914-3456 to schedule an appointment with a lawyer.  The lawyers are available to prepare Simple Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Proxies.  The lawyer can give advice on other topics, but does not go to court.  All contributions are voluntary and entirely at the discretion of the individual receiving the service.  The suggested contribution is $20-$100.   

Q: How can I find out if I can get a cheaper drug plan or a cheaper supplemental Medicare plan?

A: Call the Office for the Aging at (845)340-3456 to make an appointment with a volunteer Medicare Counselor.  They are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Medicare insurance including Medicare parts A, B, & D, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap Plans, Medicare Savings Programs, Low Income Subsidy and EPIC.

Q: I’m turning 65 soon, how can I find out which Medicare plans/Drug plans are available?

A: Call the Office for the Aging at (845)340-3456 to make an appointment with a volunteer Medicare Counselor.  They are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Medicare insurance including Medicare parts A, B, & D, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap Plans, Medicare Savings Programs, Low Income Subsidy and EPIC.

Q: Does the Office for the Aging provide transportation for seniors?

A: Yes. The Senior Transportation Program, sponsored by the Office for the Aging and operated by the Ulster County Area Transit, provides seniors 60 and older who are registered with the Transportation Program one shopping trip per week and two medical trips per week. At this time, door-to-door service is not available. When scheduling transportation, reservations for aides and/or companions must also be made.  Aides ride free, companions pay the regular fare. To make transportation arrangements, call UCAT Monday through Friday at 334-8120. Voluntary contributions help keep Senior Programs available.

Q: Do you issue Certificates that can be used as proof for something other than community colleges?

A: No, the certificates are specifically issued for Community Colleges in New York State and not for any other required residency certification.

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