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 and empower older adults and their families to live as independently as possible, with dignity and purpose.
Ulster County will strive to reach more older adults and expand upon its current services by bringing them to remote and underserved areas of the County. This includes new educational health promotion, service enrollment and senior advocacy program opportunities so they can stay in, and contribute to, their community.
To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.
The Office for the Aging is open and looks forward to seeing you. Please be advised that visitors must wear a mask upon entering the building and maintain social distance guidelines unless they provide proof of vaccination. If you are not feeling well please stay home.
In addition, appointments may be made ahead of time by calling 845-340-3456.
To our stalwart, patient Seniors of Ulster:
Some important information to pass along to all of you –
Farmer’s Market Coupons – we STILL HAVE THEM AT OUR OFFICE! If you know someone who qualifies, send them our way. Lots of local Farm markets take them, and a free $20 for fruits and veggies is a free $20!
Our second picnic is sold out and we are considering adding a third. To be announced soon!
Game DAY: in the Hub – beginning in September (9/1 to be exact) lots of things to do, games to learn or play, you can even set up your own Poker group! Dominoes! Mah Johhng! Our Chess teacher will be there, too, if you want to learn how to play this great game! We have a growing library of best sellers and writers for you to borrow from our little corner library!
We have Lunch and Learns starting up as well as our Community Cafés! All congregate sites are open once a week! Ellenville is open two days a week.
There are still PODS around the County that offer vaccines for those who still need them! Let’s protect each other and get vaccinated! – on the County website weekly….
If you are looking for something to do, we have volunteer positions available – particularly drivers for our Neighbor to Neighbor program, starting back up in September - and don’t forget, September is Fall Prevention Month, and there will be local programs to learn about this important topic for you as well to stay safe at home, and stay out of the Emergency room because of a fall.
In health and caution,
Recovery Service Center 845-443-8888 RSC[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has established the Recovery Service Center in the wake of COVID-19. The Recovery Service Center will assist the public on a wide range of topics including: helping direct callers to county and community resources and will allow callers to submit general inquiries and complaints. The hotline will be able to assist callers with programs and services related to: food, housing, mental health support, employment, business, as well as continuing COVID-19 assistance. The RSC hotline will be available Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The Gen to Gen program matches Ulster County seniors and high school students for a mutual learning experience, where the senior gets to learn (from HS mentors) interviewing skills, some tech skills, while they ask a comprehensive set of questions of the seniors who agree to be interviewed, and perhaps create a montage of video and audio information about that senior and the richness of their lives. It has been a project wish of Pat Ryan since he started. We are currently working on the project now in conjunction with Ulster Corps and local HS guidance counselors and students in different areas. If you wish to be interviewed, and want to take part, please call the office at 845-340-3456.
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.