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 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.
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,
We invite you to attend our new Community Café at the Ulster County Senior Hub which is located right next door to the OFA Office and is on the UCAT bus routes. Our Community Café lunches will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning September 9th, and if you are interested in attending you must register with our meal provider - Gateway to participate by calling 845-331-2180.
In addition, we have scheduled some fun and healthy programs at the Senior Hub. We are partnering with MVP to offer Gentle Yoga on Mondays (9/23-10/21) and Chair Exercises on Fridays (10/4-11/22). And September is National Falls Prevention month so we are hosting a free workshop: Preventing Falls One Step at a Time on September 25th. For more information or to register please call 845-340-3456.
We are also partnering with Jewish Family Services (JFS) to provide training for volunteers who are interested in becoming a respite companion. Although families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the emotional, physical, and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be over-whelming without some support, such as respite. This important program trains volunteers so they can provide a break for the family caregiver. For more information or to sign up please call JFS at 845-338-2980 or Judith Bromley at 845-559-5656.
In addition, the Mental Health Association in Ulster County is also partnering with us to offer Caregiver Workshops designed for caregivers looking for support and interaction with other caregivers. The free workshops are weekly beginning on September 9th at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. To register please call our office at 845-340-3456.
As you can see – we have a lot going on at the UCOFA. We look forward to seeing you at some of our lunches and events. For information on services or to register for any of our programs please call our office at 845-340-3456.
With Best Regards,
Judy L. Riley
A Message Patrick K. Ryan, Ulster County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
I am pleased to let you know that my wife Rebecca and I welcomed our first child into the world on July 27, 2019 - Theodore “Theo” Willem Ryan. He is healthy and doing great and Rebecca and I feel truly blessed. Theo officially kicks of the sixth-generation of Ryan’s in Ulster County!
Fall is a spectacular time of the year as the leaves change colors all around us. However, if you are out taking a walk, hiking, attending a picnic, or doing yard work, please be mindful of ticks. Unfortunately, an Ulster County resident recently passed away from the Powassan virus, a rare and often serious disease spread by an infected tick. As part of my commitment to making County government more responsive and responsible, I have instructed our multiple county departments to inform our residents of the proper precautions to help combat tick-borne diseases.
There are many precautions you can take to help prevent tick illnesses such as: covering up and using insect repellents containing DEET for skin applications and Permethrin for clothing and shoes; wearing light colored clothing to spot ticks easily; tucking pants into socks; and more. For more information to protect yourself from tick bites and tick-borne diseases please visit: https://ulstercountyny.gov/health/be-tick-free-ulster-county and https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/ or call Stacy Kraft, Public Health Educator at the Ulster County Department of Health at 845-334-5527.
I was glad to meet so many of you at our Live Laugh and Learn event in August. There were 130 seniors attending and I want to thank the UCOFA staff and participating instructors for making it a fun and educational day. 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.
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.