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 our Ulster County Seniors!
Thanks to all of you who have been participating in our exercise and creative programming, coming to walks, signing up for Lunch and Learns, and eating together at our Community Cafés – you are what makes us love to come to work each day! We are all here for you, and we live to assist our community!
I wanted to let everyone know that we are indeed going full steam ahead with plans for the summer picnics (June 22 at Robert Post Park, and July 27 at Lippman Park), all complete with good picnic food and fun themes and booths to visit!
Our yearly Farmer’s Market coupons usually arrive in late June, and we will be planning, once again, to be as many Farmers’ Market and senior housing complexes as we can this year, plus coupons will be available at the office when they arrive.
I want to say a special thanks to all the wonderful people who have called by office in the last few months saying: “I just retired and I want to help!” or “I have this skill and I’d like to share it with our seniors” or “I’d like to drive folks to their appointments since I can still drive.” It is a wonderful and fulfilling thing to volunteer for a good cause, and we show that every day through our active volunteers. We are always needing more, especially Warm Callers, and drivers for our Neighbor to Neighbor medical transportation program.
A new program bound to increase in popularity is Home Sharing – see article in Buzz. WE have started a Pilot Program with the Family of Woodstock being the lead agency, and hope that it expands – it’s not THE solution to housing issues, but it can be one of them for some people.
We continue to offer some creative outlets for those of you who enjoy that – keep your eyes peeled for monthly programs!
Let’s all stay safe amidst the latest surge! We are all still at risk, and know that we can help you sign up for a vaccine or booster should you need one.
Stay Health and Happy, everyone!
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