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 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.

 

 

 

 

  

 

COVID-19 Archived webinar -  Why COVID-19 is especially dangerous to older adults: https://www.giaging.org/news-events/tester/archived-webinar/why-covid-19-preys-on-older-adults-what-the-science-says-and-doesnt-say/

  

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 July'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:

Depending on when the Office for Aging gets the approval to start reopening from the County Executive, there may be opportunities for clients to visit the Medicare and Legal help in the office in the not too distant future.  If you have already have virtual  or phone appointments with legal and Medicare, please keep them.  We will be notifying the public about reopening plans soon through the website, the newsletter, emails blasts, newspaper notifications, and you are always welcome to call the office at 340-3456 to find out more.  As of now, no live presentations, learning opportunities or special events such as Lunch and Learns or movies can be scheduled until the complete reopening plan and dates are in place, and the State Executive Order regarding Matilda’s Law has been lifted.   We have, however, planned online activities, and will continue to do so (Tai Chi, basic and continuing, and planning some nutritional presentations through Zoom). 

You have all been so patient with this, and we commend you for that.  Our staff is anxious to see you, and I am sure you are anxious to see each other, but it needs to be done safely.  We have put together what I believe is a workable plan for opening up the office, but the OFA is in Phase 3 of the County plan; in other words, the end of the plan, so we will be the last department to open.  We will put safeguards in place, use social distancing, have masks available for those who do not have them, and have a strict disinfection regimen for any public spaces we both use, and we will design a safe, open, large space for any other senior walk ins who desire information or referral services.

The Farmer’s Market coupons are going to be available in July – we have yet to announce a way to get them to interested parties during this time – more to come on that.

We hope you have all been safe and health during the worst of the pandemic, and we are all cautiously starting to breathe sighs of relief that the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter!

We hope to see you all soon!

 

Susan Koppenhaver
Director

 

The Ulster County Office for the Aging offices remain open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday (July 3rd).  We are able to accept visitors only under strict limitations. Call before visiting 845-340-3456 – many issues can be resolved without having to leave the safety of your home. We are NOT OPEN for REGULAR BUSINESS YET.  PLEASE DO NOT STOP BY AND EXPECT TO SEE STAFF,  YOU MUST CALL FIRST. When we reopen, staff and visitors will be required to use masks and barriers and meet in a more open space (Senior Hub).  Thank you.

 

 

 

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 July 2020 newsletter