Office for the Aging


Shelley Wagar

1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
Fax: 845-340-3583
Email: swag[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

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.



A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Hello Ulster County Seniors,

Happy Holidays!

The end of the year is always a special time as we celebrate so many holidays across our diverse land of cultures and religions.  I read somewhere that during several months, November through January, there are over 29 holiday celebrations celebrated by seven different religions. My wish for every person is to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones and to always include those less fortunate and in need.

December is also a month where we can reflect on the year past, begin planning, and maybe even beginning, our New Year’s resolutions, and setting goals. That is what we are doing at the Office for the Aging- planning programs, social and educational events and services for 2019.  If you were not able to attend one of the public hearings, it is not too late to have your voice heard.  We want your ideas, thoughts and feedback on how to make 2019 a better year. You may call me directly at 845-340-3578 and we can chat!

All of us at the Ulster County Office for the Aging wish each and every Senior a very happy holiday and a peaceful and joyous New Year.

We are here to help you, especially as winter approaches. Please drive carefully over the next few months, be safe, stay warm and know we are here if you need us.


Shelley Wagar and the entire OFA staff




The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

Dear Ulster County Senior,

At this special time of year, I would like to wish you and your families a healthy and safe holiday season.  We know how fortunate we are to have such an amazing and caring group of seniors here in Ulster County and I deeply appreciate all the contributions our seniors make in helping the community. 

As we welcome the winter season and as you travel to enjoy the festivities with friends and family, please be mindful of the weather and driving conditions. It is important to also make sure you have an emergency kit for your car including jumper cables, ice scraper, car cell phone charger, blanket, and map.  For more information on car safety please visit

In addition, please be aware that the Ulster County Warming Center has a new location at the AME Zion Church at 26 Franklin Street in Midtown Kingston, which was made possible through a partnership with the County, Catholic Charities and the AME Zion Congregation. The Warming Center that was previously housed at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church is no longer available.  The new Warming Center will be activated by my office in conjunction with the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management during extreme cold weather events and emergencies this winter. No one should find themselves out on the streets without shelter anytime but especially during the freezing cold weather. For information about the warming center for either you or someone you know please call Catholic Charities at 845-340-9170 Ext. 105.  During times of activation it will also be posted on the homepage of our website at

Once again, I thank you for all you do.  On behalf of my family and the entire Ulster County Government, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!


Michael P. Hein
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.


CLICK HERE for the December 2018/January 2019 newsletter





CLICK HERE for the 2019 Senior of the Year nomination form