Susan Koppenhaver, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
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.
To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.
Just a reminder that it is Tick Season - so please be prepared and review important information to protect yourself from tick bites and tick-borne diseases: https://ulstercountyny.gov/health/be-tick-free-ulster-county and https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/
To View Ulster County Office for the Aging's Draft 2020-2024 Four Year Plan click here
A Message from Director Susan Koppenhaver
Dear Ulster County Seniors,
The weather is starting to change, and we all need to be reminded of SAFETY and driving. Just a reminder for Congregate Meal sites: if the school system closes in Kingston, Congregate Meals will not be delivered. Please check at your individual sites for other programming scheduled. November is always tricky, so please take care. We don’t want you driving in ice, snow or sleet.
However, as long as things hold out, please make sure you know our schedule for the month of November, and take advantage of our fine programming! There are still Tai Chi and Chair Exercise classes going on in November at the Senior Hub.
Anyone interested in group games? Like Mahjong, Bridge, card games, etc.? We might be able to put together groups that can get together on the same day and time for some gaming. What about craft groups? We have many talented seniors looking for some help or company when the take on their artistic or craft projects.
Thought for November:
“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars
Witness the beauty of the month after the leaves have fallen, and the starkness and shape of the trees is there for everyone to see.
Got any ideas for what you would like considered for Seniors? Let us know! We are open and waiting for your feedback!
See you around town, in Saugerties, or the Town of Ulster, or on the Radio, or at Tai Chi,. or……
Best wishes for a safe and warm November!
With Best Regards,
A Message Patrick K. Ryan, Ulster County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
Last month, I presented my 2020 Executive Budget for the County which provides funding for my “Big Five” initiatives while decreasing the tax levy by .25 percent, bringing it to the lowest level in a decade. Our government is about priorities, and I’m committed to delivering on my “Big Five” while keeping Ulster County affordable. My “Big Five” include: A Green New Deal for Ulster County; tackling the opioid epidemic; growing and diversifying our economy; enduring justice for all residents; and making county government more responsive and responsible. This budget delivers on our commitment to move Ulster County forward by establishing the first ever Green Careers Academy to expand opportunities and help grow our economy, by putting real money behind our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and by creating new avenues for residents from throughout the County to engage with County Government.
Ulster County has a responsibility to deliver the absolute best services to residents and ensure that the County is responsive to their need. As County Executive, I am committed to ensuring our seniors and their families feel empowered and supported. As a part of the 2020 Budget, I am excited to announce that the Office for the Aging will see an additional $175,000 in funding to expand services to assist seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This will allow the OFA to reach and assist more of its senior citizen population and provide additional personal care services. For more information on the 2020 Executive Budget or if you would like to get involved with County Government, please reach out with questions, comments or requests, by visiting https://ulstercountyny.gov/budget or by calling our office at 845-340-3800.
As the holidays approach, I hope you will join me in celebration at the Office for the Aging Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 15th at the Shawangunk Senior Center in Napanoch. For more information or to register please call 845-340-3456.
Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Patrick K. Ryan
Ulster 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.