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.
To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.
The Office for the Aging is open and looks forward to seeing you. Please be advised that visitors must wear a mask and maintain social distance guidelines. If you are not feeling well please stay home. In addition, appointments may be made ahead of time by calling 845-340-3456.
To all Ulster County Seniors!
Welcome August and the height of summer!
We finally received our Farmers’ Market Coupons (bonus! – the amount went up to $25 in each coupon booklet!) and for those who qualify (these are income based) they are here at the office, and our staff will be setting up tabling at many events, including all the markets, to distribute them to as many folks as we can get to. Take advantage of our many farms, orchards and growers to fill your fruit and veggie bins up!
We are pleased to see many people interested in our new Craft Corner program the third Friday of each month. We have room for those who wish to lead a craft – you would teach a group of Seniors how to make something they can either use, or use to decorate, and take home with them, in the space of a couple of hours. So far we have painted rocks, done a small still life, made decoupage items, and made flowers from repurposed water bottles. The sky’s the limit, and you are only restricted by your own imagination! Come to create, chat with friends, have some coffee, and bring something home! We have some classes with guests artists planned, and hope to have more.
Lots of busyness here at the OFA with Lunch and Learns, picnics, new Tai Chi classes, craft corners, Bridge club (new!), Farmers’ Market Coupons, education, and additional exercise classes being planned. You will never be bored! Don’t forget our Community Cafés at the Hub Mondays and Wednesdays, Thursday in New Paltz, Ellenville Mondays and Wednesday and Saugerties on Tuesdays and Rosendale on Fridays!
Hope to see you all at our events!
COVID-19 Booster Shots
Appointments should be made at https://vaccinateulster.com/. Walk-ins at Ulster County Point of Dispensing (POD) Best Buy site in Kingston, NY on Friday’s from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., but appointments being highly recommended due to demand. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are recommended for the following people who received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months prior:
- Ages 65 years and older
- Age 18 and older who live in a long-term care setting
- Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions (link is external)
- Age 18 and older who work or live-in high-risk settings
A Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended for anyone 18 and older who is two or more months from having received the vaccine. Some research indicates that an mRNA vaccine booster may benefit those who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is recommended that people who received a Pfizer or Moderna series receive a booster of the same vaccine.The Moderna booster dose is half the amount of a first, second, or additional dose. However, if the same vaccine is not available or if a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to the FDA and CDC.Consult with your primary care physician to determine what is the best option for COVID-19 booster for you.
Recovery Service Center 845-443-8888 RSC[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has established the Recovery Service Center in the wake of COVID-19. The Recovery Service Center will assist the public on a wide range of topics including: helping direct callers to county and community resources and will allow callers to submit general inquiries and complaints. The hotline will be able to assist callers with programs and services related to: food, housing, mental health support, employment, business, as well as continuing COVID-19 assistance. The RSC hotline will be available Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
New York State GetSetUp free online classes for Seniors at https://www.getsetup.io/partner/NYSTATE