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 upon entering the building and maintain social distance guidelines unless they provide proof of vaccination. 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 Seniors:
We hope you are all continuing to be well and safe in this recent Delta upsurge! As many of you know, being vaccinated really helps minimize effects of a breakthrough infection. Please continue to wear masks in public – they work! The County still offers vaccine clinics weekly, and still organizes Homebound people to get vaccines at home if you cannot get out.
We are trying to get back to a somewhat normal schedule – we have many things for you to involve yourself with – Game Day at the Hub each Wednesday, lunches at all the congregate Sites once a week (Ellenville twice a week), exercise classes and Tai chi at many places around the County, Lunch and Learns scheduled each month for your education, and our Medicare Open enrollment begins Mid-October! Don’t forget – if your medications have changed, or you are unhappy with your current plan, this is the time to make an appointment with our trained Medicare counselors to switch plans, or at least your Part D plan if necessary. Our lawyer has expanded her consultation topics for better assistance, and our NYConnects staff here ready to help! Medicare Savings Plans can still save you monthly deductibles if you qualify – call for details.
Our office is involved with two helpful grants – one is a Fall Prevention Grant, and several seniors around the County have agreed to be trained in Bingocize, a new, evidenced-based program involving bingo and exercise! It looks like great fun – more soon on that! Also, we have a second grant that is exploring chronic disease and health in the senior population in Western Ulster and Eastern Delaware County – we are in the in the planning stages now.
We had two very successful picnics this summer – one in Ellenville and one in Kingston, and a Fall Harvest Bingo in September. We are planning an outdoor Trunk or Treat Human Services Expo in late October to get us ready for Halloweeeeeen! Again call our office for details.
In health and safety
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.
The Gen to Gen program matches Ulster County seniors and high school students for a mutual learning experience, where the senior gets to learn (from HS mentors) interviewing skills, some tech skills, while they ask a comprehensive set of questions of the seniors who agree to be interviewed, and perhaps create a montage of video and audio information about that senior and the richness of their lives. It has been a project wish of Pat Ryan since he started. We are currently working on the project now in conjunction with Ulster Corps and local HS guidance counselors and students in different areas. If you wish to be interviewed, and want to take part, please call the office at 845-340-3456.
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.