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.
A Message from Director Susan Koppenhaver
We appreciate your understanding and patience during this very difficult time for our County. We understand that many citizens are frustrated by cancellations and inconveniences, but we are trying to limit the exposure to all staff, seniors, and their families. The sooner the virus is contained, and people are properly tested, the sooner people can recover, and we can get back to our lives. Due to this situation June's activities will probably be subject to postponement or cancellation. Please stay well, everyone. Susan Koppenhaver, Director, Ulster County OFA.
To all the Ulster Seniors:
We hope you are all well and healthy during this very difficult time. It has really been a test of everyone’s patience and fortitude and resilience to get through the last couple of months. However, the numbers are going down, due to everyone’s efforts with social distancing and masks, and we are hopeful that things will open up in the not too distant future. Please keep up with what you are doing, however!
A couple of things for you to know – cloth masks will be available at the towns and senior housing complexes very soon – they were donated by the State Office for Aging.
We would like to explore the idea of some forms of get-togethers with Zoom. In order to use this program, you have to have either a computer or a smart phone, and email on your smart phone, tablet or computer. That way, you can click into a Zoom conference or activity, and participate remotely. Some places are already using this technology, and Tai Chi classes will soon be available this way – you can click in at the scheduled time, and do your Tai Chi in the comfort of your home! Please call our office at 845-340-3456 and let us know you are interested in this, and what your email address is – we can take it from there! We will let you know dates and times then.
Other types of programming, learning, etc. may well be available through this technology as well, and soon!
Everyone stay well! Don’t forget to chime in about possibly joining in on Zoom!
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.