Judy Riley, Interim 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.
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/
A Message from Interim Director Judy Riley
Dear Ulster County Seniors,
I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying their summer. Just a reminder to take precautions during times of extreme heat. Make sure to limit physical activity during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.); wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing; wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat; and drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks. To locate a local cooling center during severe heat please call our office at 845-340-3456 for the most recent list of locations or visit https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/countycenters.htm online.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our 22nd Annual Live, Laugh & Learn on August 15th – we have a variety of fun and informational workshops we think you will really enjoy! Please note that the last day to register is August 7th. I also hope to see you at our next Senior Picnic on September 5th at Cluett-Schantz Park in Milton. For reservations please call our office at 845-340-3456.
In addition, County Executive Pat Ryan and the Office for the Aging are excited to begin providing daily programming and activities at our new Senior Hub located next to our office. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding daily programming beginning in the Fall such as gentle yoga, chair exercise classes, lunches, and much more. The Senior Hub is also available for seniors and senior groups to reserve for various events, club meetings, or even to play cards with friends.
Please call our office for more information or if you would like to reserve the space (845-340-3456). Enjoy the rest of your summer!
With Best Regards,
Judy L. Riley
A Message Patrick K. Ryan, Ulster County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and special place and I want to let you know that I have been busy working with my Administration to begin implementing my five big priorities for Ulster County. These include: developing a “green new deal;” combatting opioid abuse; driving economic growth and diversifying our economy in an equitable way; redefining the county’s criminal justice efforts; and making county government more responsible and responsible.
In order to make sure that our residents receive the best possible services at the greatest values, one of my goals is to make county government more responsive and responsible. Therefore, I have created a new Innovation Team which will focus on strengthening the culture of accessibility, responsiveness and accountability within county government, as well as developing new partnerships to help ensure our 180,000 residents receive the best services possible.
I also want to let you know that I have been holding many town-hall meetings throughout the county to seek input from residents. My next town-hall meeting is scheduled for September 5th at 6:00p.m. at the Kingston Town Hall and all are welcome.
It is important that our residents have a county government that is transparent and will do everything with the highest degree of ethics and integrity. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions, concerns or ideas: exec[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us or 845-340-3800.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer!
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.