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 Director Susan Koppenhaver
Dear Ulster County Seniors,
Please let me introduce myself – my name is Susan Koppenhaver and I am the new Director of the Ulster County Office for the Aging. I served the senior population as the Chief Executive Officer of Always There Home Care in Kingston until last March. I appreciate County Executive Ryan’s confidence in my ability to lead the Ulster County Office for the Aging and to keep serving our seniors and their families. It will be a privilege to serve the residents of Ulster County and I look forward to meeting you in our office, at our events and out in the community. As we enter the Autumn season, I want to let you know that we will be holding our Annual Public Hearings as follows: 10/21/19 at 1:00P.M. at the Town of Esopus Town Hall, 284 Broadway, Port Ewen and 10/22/19 at 10:30 A.M. at the Ulster County Senior Hub located next to our office at 5 Development Court, Kingston. I invite you to attend one of the meetings to learn about some of the wonderful programming we have to offer and to provide feedback and suggestions regarding current programs as well as ideas for future programs. I look forward to your valuable comments and contributions. As you know, we are heading into flu season. I am pleased to announce that OFA is partnering with the Department of Health to offer Flu Shots at our Community Cafés on the following dates:
10/9 – Ulster County Senior Hub
10/10 – New Paltz Community Center
10/11 – Rosendale Recreation Center
10/15 Saugerties Senior Center
10/16 Trudy Farber Building in Ellenville.
Please note that flu shots will be given between 10:30 A.M. to 11:30A.M. and you must register by calling the OFA at 845-340-3456.
I hope to meet many of you at our Annual Hearings, at our Community Cafés, or at our events. Have a wonderful October!
With Best Regards,
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.