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,

Welcome to August!

I have heard August described as the end of summer, the Sunday of summer, and one of the hottest months.  But, I love August! It is the most comforting month of the year. It is a time for me to take stock of the rest of the year, make goals for the fall, and finish my summer reading list. August is also known as harvest time. Harvesting is reaping what we sow; gathering the crops- and because of all the wonderful farmers in the Hudson Valley, we benefit at our local farmer’s markets.  The UCOFA has distributed all the Farmer Market coupons so please use them to enjoy all the fresh fruits and vegetables the markets are offering.

August is also the time for the Ulster County Fair! Opening day is August 1 and Senior Day is August 2.  Look for the staff of UCOFA on Aug 2.  Rumor has it that we may be having a sing-a-long led by our very own, Christine Noble.

Our annual Live, Laugh and Learn event is August 16th!  Please remember to register no later than August 3 as space is filling up! Don’t have an application?  Call the UCOFA at 340-3456 and we will mail one to your home.

Our Lunch and Learn on August 21 is “Aging Well.”  This is a free event but you must reserve a seat.  Call UCOFA at 340-3456 for your spot.

And the last event for August is our premiere event with Rosendale Theater.  We will show “The Sands of Iwo Jima” at 10:30 am and then enjoy a boxed lunch at the conclusion of the movie. This is a free event open to seniors and veterans over the age of 60.  Please call UCOFA at 340-3456 to reserve your seat today!

Enjoy the month. And remember, just call us if you need assistance.

Shelley Wagar



The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

Dear Ulster County Senior,

On July 19th, I had the honor of participating in the opening ceremony for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties. It was deeply moving to see the names of over 58,000 Americans who lost their lives, and to hear the names of the forty-two soldiers from Ulster County who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Ulster County was a great privilege and I thank all those who joined me in planning and organizing this event as well as the many other volunteers who were instrumental in helping to make this possible. From July 19th-23rd thousands gathered at the memorial to honor the memory of friends, family members, loved ones.  I hope you had a chance to visit.


 In addition, I want to remind you of the Cooling Centers in Ulster County which may be available during extreme heat.  Always call before you go to make sure the cooling center is open.

  • Ellenville Village Hall, 2 Elting Ct, Ellenville, 12428, 845-647-7080

  • Lloyd Town Hall, 12 Church St, Highland, 12528, 845-691-7544

  • New Paltz Community Center, 3 Veterans Drive, New Paltz, 12561, 845-255-3631

  • Plattekill Town Hall, 1915 Route 44-55, Modena, 12548, 845-883-7331

  • Salvation Army, 35 Cedar St, Kingston, 12401, 845-331-1803

  • Saugerties Senior Citizens Center, Corner of Market Street & Robinson Street, Saugerties,

  • Wawarsing Town Hall, 108 Canal St, Ellenville, 12428, 845-647-7800

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  Ulster County’s Office for the Aging (OFA) has some fun and exciting events planned, including Live Laugh and Learn on August 16th at the Kingston Center at SUNY Ulster.  Participate in some of the many workshops offered, such as Tai Chi, Bone Health A to Z, Preventing Hip Fractures, or Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard.  On August 30th attend their Movie and Box Lunch Event at the Rosendale Theater and then I hope you will join us for our End of Summer Picnic in Milton on September 6th.  Please contact OFA for more information or to make a reservation at 845-340-3456.

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 August 2018 newsletter