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.
Happy New Year! Here is hoping everyone had a lovely holiday! With so much sadness and strife going on all over the world, we must continue to be thankful that we avoid a lot of it where we are, and can continue to help folks from afar.
2024 is shaping up to be the year of the caregiver and their families. There are new state requirements that we are required to follow, and we will be looking for several creative solutions for the dearth of support for caregivers in this County. One of the things we’d like to do is find folks who would be willing to offer Respite to those caregivers who are in desperate need of a break. Some of the people who volunteer for us indicated that they’d like to be a Friendly Visitor! We’d like to ask that if you have an interest in being a Friendly Visitor, let us know – we will be happy to train you and match you with someone who needs relief from caregiving. Please note that there is no physical care involved.
We will be in full swing after January doing tax returns (didn’t I just write about that last year??) Our AARP partners are busy training new volunteers to help older adults with their tax returns – don’t forget, complicated returns should go elsewhere. Simple returns are very manageable. This process begins in February. We will be publicizing the number to call after January for appointments.
Folks turn 65 every day, so don’t forget that you may need to enroll or choose a plan, or at least get yourself Medicare Part A if you are still working, just to have it done. And for those with lower incomes, the Medicare Savings Plans counselors are ready to assist – we will be having more workshops to help people complete the application, gather documents and get those eligible enrolled quickly.
Our technology classes continue, and we’d like to take some general classes out on the road. If you have an active senior group who thinks having a couple of experts come in and address your tech concerns, please let us know!
Some of our programming will be on hold for a few months, especially the programs that rely on fresh food delivery, as we cannot second guess the weather here! Come late March, start looking for programming around the County again.
Wishing everyone a prosperous and health New Year!
New York State GetSetUp - free online classes for Seniors at https://www.getsetup.io/partner/NYSTATE
Link to Survey: https://www.ulstercountyhstp.com/