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!
Happy Spring! Hoping by the time you read this, some flowers will be blooming, it won’t be freezing over night anymore, and some will be planting gardens, or at least seeds!
We have been busy despite winter and a cold spring. We have begun our Lunch and Learns again, Tai chi is in several places, we have had a couple of Mobile OFA visits around the County, and the County itself is planning a lot of visits over the Spring, Summer and Fall to town halls and public places all over the County. The sites and days are in this newsletter. Any Senior housing complex who thinks an OFA visit would be beneficial, please contact our office – we would bring our lawyer, our Medicare counselor, and our NYConnects staff to speak to people – appointments required.
We are also involved with the Older Adults Empowerment Council which will be holding a FREE virtual forum on the topic of Aging Planning for all Ages on June 9th. Additional information will be available soon and feel free to call our office for more information or if you want to sign up.
We have begun a Craft Corner on the 3rd Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in our Hub. A different creative project will be offered each month, with different teachers/artists. Nothing complicated, but something you can take home with you that day! Hope you can join us!
We continue to offer meals at our Community Café’s, Chess class on Monday morning at 11:00 A.M. and Game Day Wednesdays at 1:00 P.M. Lots of opportunities for socializing and using your brain – that one muscle you don’t have to go to the gym to improve!
If you know of anyone looking for help with a smart phone or computer, please give our office a call – we have volunteers willing to help, and also volunteers willing to install refurbished computers in your senior housing or church that serves a large Senior population.
As you can see, we are busy trying to offer a variety of services and supports for you and your families. We always appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you at some of our programs!
Hope Springs Eternal!
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