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

The Office for the Aging is a department that assists Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible in their own home with support. We work as advocates for seniors, offering information and referrals, as well as providing programs for a variety of services.

We have been helping the residents of Ulster County age with dignity for over 38 years.  Please call for additional information.

The UCOFA Volunteer Program helps change lives:

Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein saved the The Volunteer Program. Read below the wonderful work our volunteers are doing and how it's changing lives:

Linda Young of Highland, NY, has been using the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a component of the UCOFA Volunteer Program for almost four years. Below is a quote from her. We hope it motivates you to want to be apart of our team as we are always looking for more drivers:

“I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for everything you do. Everybody at Neighbor to Neighbor does such a great job…Marvin, Phil, Cathie…all of them. I’ve been calling for more appointments than normal lately, and they are always there for me. I have to tell you that time riding with all that good energy has helped. I got really great news today, I’m clear of cancer. You don’t need to know that I guess, but I feel so happy today. I feel like Neighbor to Neighbor, and the drivers who are all volunteers, and their attitude about taking people where they need to go, has been part of my healing process. I’m sure it’s part of the healing process for a lot of others too. When something really good happens, I think that deserves a huge thank you. And so I’m calling to thank you for your assistance with this process that I’ve gone through. The help you’ve given me has been superior. All of your drivers are not only wonderful drivers, they’re always on time, they’re good conversationalists, and I can’t say enough good things about them. I just wanted to tell you that I am grateful for all you have given me.”

To learn more about the UCOFA Volunteer Program and on how you can become a volunteer click here:


A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Dear Ulster County Seniors,

 Happy New Year!

I wish each one of you a very happy New Year and the very best at keeping your resolutions!

December was a wonderful month at the Office for the Aging.  We saw many of you at our two holiday cabarets.  More than 200 people attended the holiday luncheons and enjoyed good food, good friends, and great music.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we are already planning for 2018!  Our plan is to hold four holiday cabarets and the dates and locations will be available very soon so that you can mark your calendars.  We were very lucky to have our County Executive Mike Hein attend the Saugerties luncheon and bring us his words of good cheer.  A big thank you to Mr. Hein for making the luncheons possible!

The Ulster County Office on Aging has made its New Year’s resolution to bring expanded social programming to our County’s seniors.  While we have already planned for more holiday cabarets, we are also adding a second summer picnic, a collaborative program with the Rosendale Theater, and hopefully another Friendship site for congregate meals.   Our County Executive, Mike Hein, supports and advocates for our seniors everyday and for that we say, Thank You!

Remember, we want your feedback. Please stop by, call, or email me with your thoughts and ideas. My email is swag[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us and my phone number is 845-340-3578.

Stay warm and be safe!


Shelley Wagar


The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein


Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed the holidays.  As we look ahead to 2018, we are looking forward to hosting The Vietnam Travelling Memorial Wall which will be displayed in Saugerties this summer.  The Vietnam Travelling Memorial Wall is a three-fifths scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., reaching 6 feet high at its apex and stretching almost three hundred feet from end to end and bears the names of over 58,000 service members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.  The somber installation will welcome visitors July 18 – 23 at the Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties.  Bringing The Vietnam Travelling Memorial Wall to Ulster County is a small gesture of gratitude and respect for our Veterans, many of whom have friends whose names appear on the wall.

 Please feel free to contact our Office for the Aging for information on the many services available, and be on the look-out for some of the wonderful programming that we will be offering in the New Year.  The office can be reached at 845-340-3456.

 On behalf of my family and the entire Ulster County Government, I wish you and yours a very Healthy and Happy New Year!


Michael P. Hein
County Executive




CLICK HERE for the January 2018 Newsletter


UCOFA in the Community

For pictures of UCOFA in the community visit our Photo Gallery page.


  2018 Senior of the Year nomination form