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

Phew- we made it through many snowstorms and soon the flowers and trees will gift us with Spring’s bounty.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and at the Ulster County Office for the Aging (UCOFA) we are extremely thankful for all our volunteers.  Did you know that the UCOFA has more than 360 volunteers who gave more than 37,000 hours of their time in 2017?  We are so very appreciative of their time and talents.  We also owe a debt of gratitude to our County Executive Mike Hein for saving our volunteer program and giving us the ability to grow it into the wonderful program it is today.

The UCOFA has published the Lunch and Learn schedule for 2018.  You may find it on the UCOFA web page.  Reservations are now being accepted by calling 845-340-3456. The first Lunch and Learn is May 2 on Emergency Preparedness.  All events will take place at Gateway Industries at Amy Kay Parkway in Kingston.

Please remember that the UCOFA offers a variety of resources to help you navigate everyday life, including: home-delivered meals, senior dining at congregate sites, legal services, transportation for medical appointments, Medicare counseling, and much, much more.  For information please call 845-340-3456.

Happy Spring!

Shelley Wagar


The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

 Dear Ulster County Senior,

Did you know having a working smoke detector can cut the risk of fire-related deaths in the home by as much as 50 percent?  I want to let you know about the new Ulster County Smoke Alarm Installation Initiative, where seniors in need may be eligible to receive smoke detectors and have them professionally installed at no cost.  As County Executive, one of my most important responsibilities is the health and safety of Ulster County residents and thanks to the partnership with the New York State Fire Chiefs Association, Ulster County received an additional 250 smoke detectors to distribute.  Every life is precious and I am pleased that we can help some of our seniors most in need obtain these potentially life-saving devices. 

The Ulster County Department of Emergency Management and the Ulster County Office for the Aging are collaborating to distribute the smoke detectors.  Ulster County residents who are interested in having a smoke detector installed, who are age 65 and older, who qualify as a low or moderate income household, should call the Office for the Aging at 845-340-3456.

To learn more about this program or overall fire safety, please call Ulster County Fire Coordinator Everett Erichsen at 845-334-5720.


 Wishing you a healthy, safe and happy Spring!


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 April 2018 Newsletter