Office for the Aging


Shelley Wagar, Director

1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
Fax: 845-340-3583

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

Dear Ulster County Seniors,

Welcome to The Buzz!  This is the newly-designed monthly newsletter for all seniors to get the latest and greatest up-to-date news about events, information and programming for Ulster County. We hope you enjoy the new format, use the community organizations and businesses that support us in this newsletter, and provide us feedback if you have any.

March is a month of recognitions. March 3rd is Caregiver Appreciation Day. Many of us in Ulster County rely on caregivers daily to help us stay in our own homes. We rely on caregivers for transportation, nutrition, chores and errands. The Ulster County Office for the Aging celebrates the work caregivers perform and applaud their time and hard work caring for loved ones.

And of course, who can forget St Patrick’s Day? In 1995, Congress designated March as National Irish American Heritage Month. You will find a wonderful recipe for a yummy Irish Colcannon in this issue. Ulster County was named for the Irish Province of Ulster. Ulster is one of the four Irish provinces. Its name derives from the Irish language Cúige Uladh, meaning "fifth of the Ulaidh", named for the ancient inhabitants of the region.

And with March, comes the beginning of Spring. Winter is almost over, the groundhog didn’t see its shadow, so join me in welcoming springtime, saying goodbye to snow and ice, and joining us at our programs and activities.

The very best to all of you, 

Shelley Wagar


A Message from Adele B. Reiter, Acting County Executive

Dear Ulster Seniors,

I want to introduce myself.  Many of you know me as Chief of Staff to former County Executive Mike Hein.  As you know, I now have the great privilege to serve the residents of Ulster County as Acting County Executive until the next election when voters will determine the next Ulster County Executive.  I am deeply honored and humbled to serve the people of Ulster County, and I take the responsibility of holding the Office of County Executive very seriously, especially during this transition period. I see it as my solemn duty to serve the residents of Ulster County by upholding the legacy of strong fiscal leadership and compassionate social progress that were the hallmarks of County Executive Hein’s tenure in office.

As Acting County Executive, I will continue to strive to make the community better for our families, our friends, our neighbors and all those who choose to live here.  Among the many things I have learned is that in order to be effective while serving in government it is critical to identify the public good and recognize that it is the right thing to do in spite of it potentially being controversial or it’s political implications; clearly communicate with the public; and have a plan to effectively implement it. You must achieve your goals and live up to your ideals, while mastering the art of compromise.  But most importantly, you must stand strong when it is called for to deliver results for the people who put their faith and trust in you.

I am so proud to lead an amazing group of distinguished professionals who are deeply committed to serving the people of Ulster County. We all work for you - the 180,000 residents of Ulster County.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 845-340-3800 or the Office for the Aging at 845-340-3456 if you have any questions, are in need of any services, or want information on the many amazing programs offered by our Office for the Aging.

With best regards,

Adele B. Reiter
Acting 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 March 2019 newsletter