Office for the Aging

Susan Koppenhaver, 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 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.

 

 

 

 

Happy December Ulster County Seniors!

As the holiday season is upon us once again, here are some things to be thankful for:

We have had COVID-19 vaccines for months now, and 86% of you have gotten it – an outstanding percentage!  We hope and encourage all of you to get the vaccine, and then the booster – please call our office if you need help making an appointment online.

We have opened up many of our programs, and added new activities!  We started Community Cafés back up in August, one day a week (2 days in Ellenville) and these are going well.  We have started different exercise classes at our Senior Hub, and continue to offer Tai Chi around the County.  We are beginning to plan Bingocize classes soon!  Look for details.

Please know that the Senior Hub in Kingston offers many activities all year round – Game Day every Wednesday, Chess Club every Monday morning, a Community Café meal each Wednesday, and several exercise classes to choose from.  We also have senior groups meeting there, and will plan  Lunch and Learns again in the early Spring at the Hub, and at other sites. 

We know there is a great need for transportation for seniors, and our volunteer schedulers and drivers have once again joined forces, along with our contractor, Jewish Family Services, to offer rides again!  Although we just started in October, we have accepted new riders. Unfortunately, we have lost drivers for a variety of reasons, so we are always looking for drivers for this program.  We all know this is a major need for Ulster County and many of our surrounding counties as well; so if you want to make a difference, please call our office and let them know you would like to become a driver for our Neighbor to Neighbor program.

We are planning some Holiday activities as well – look for notifications – and will be changing some of the Buzz articles to offer a variety of information Ulster County history, including some beautiful pictures of the Hudson Valley and more

Happy Holidays to all of you!!

Susan Koppenhaver
Director

 

 

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Appointments should be made at https://vaccinateulster.com/. Walk-ins at Ulster County Point of Dispensing (POD) Best Buy site in Kingston, NY on Friday’s from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., but appointments being highly recommended due to demand.

Pfizer and Moderna boosters are recommended for the following people who received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months prior:

A Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended for anyone 18 and older who is two or more months from having received the vaccine.  Some research indicates that an mRNA vaccine booster may benefit those who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is recommended that people who received a Pfizer or Moderna series receive a booster of the same vaccine.The Moderna booster dose is half the amount of a first, second, or additional dose. However, if the same vaccine is not available or if a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to the FDA and CDC.Consult with your primary care physician to determine what is the best option for COVID-19 booster for you.   

 

 

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.

CLICK HERE for the December 2021 newsletter