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.
2019 Ulster County Senior Survey
Please assist OFA in derermining what kinds of services are important and necessary in our community to support Ulster Couny residents as they age. We encourage Seniors to take the 2019 Ulster County Senior Survey. The Survey is available online at https://forms.gle/BN4KP16K69Cj7xhU7. Please contact our office if you would like a copy of the survey mailed to you or if you need assistance completing it we will work over the phone with you. Thank you in advance for your participation.
A Message from Interim Director Judy Riley
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Judy Riley and I am pleased to be serving as Interim Director for the Ulster County Office for the Aging (OFA). I am excited to be able to continue Shelley Wagar’s great work here at the OFA and I look forward to meeting many of you out in the community or at our office.
As you probably know, Ulster County elected a new County Executive – Pat Ryan. We are pleased to welcome him and our office looks forward to working with him as we continue to provide critical services to the older adults of Ulster County. I also want to thank Acting County Executive Adele B. Reiter for her outstanding leadership in county government and all she has done for our residents, especially our senior population.
As you may know, the OFA has many services available for our residents, such as home care services, home-delivered meals, legal services, medical alerts and more. In addition, for information about long term services and supports for people of all ages or with any type of disability please contact our NY Connects staff who can link you to various services at 845-334-5307.
I also invite you to attend the Ulster County Older Adults Empowerment Council’s Conference: Ageism to Elder Abuse on June 11th at the Best Western in Kingston. Alice Fisher, MA, MSW, Director/Founder of the Radical Age Movement will be the keynote speaker. To register please visit https://bit.ly/2PRy8Od or call 845-334-5221.
We also invite you to complete ULSTER COUNTY’S 2019 SENIOR SURVEY, which is available online https://forms.gle/BN4KP16K69Cj7xhU7 via http://ulstercountyny.gov/aging to let us know what you feel is important in order to age safely and happily in Ulster County. Please call our office if you prefer a paper copy or need assistance.
I am so proud to work with the great staff at OFA in order to serve the amazing seniors of Ulster County.
With Best Regards,
Judy L. Riley
A Message from Adele B. Reiter, Acting County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
Please join me in welcoming our new County Executive Pat Ryan, who takes office this month. I hope all of you have a chance to meet him in the next several months. I'm also excited to announce our new Interim Director of the Office for the Aging Judy Riley. I have had the great pleasure of working with Judy in her former position here in the County Executive’s Office, and I am confident that once you get to know her you will see how willing she is to help in any way she can.
In addition to all of the great services our Office for the Aging provides, I am very proud to announce the completion of a Senior-Friendly Action Plan for Ulster County. This plan, which outlines 33 specific actions that Ulster County Government can take to help improve the quality of life for our seniors, was developed with input from over 100 residents who served on my Acting County Executive Community Advisory Board. I can’t begin to thank them enough, but I hope that their work gives you more of what you need from your government.
In response to their input, we are creating a Senior Hub, which is located next to the Ulster County Office for the Aging and which we expect will provide a central and convenient home for a range of programs and services to help combat isolation and encourage engagement for our seniors. You can download and view the Senior Friendly Action Plan by clicking here.
I hope you will continue to take advantage of all the great programs and services that our Office for the Aging provides, and I wish you all the best. It has been my pleasure to serve you.
Adele B. Reiter
Acting 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.