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Education for Older Adults

Stockton Center on Successful Aging

SCOSA offers a growing variety of educational opportunities for older adults.  By bringing seniors to Stockton, and by "bringing Stockton to you", we hope to encourrage vitality through physical, intellectual, and spiritual stimulation.

SCOSA Summer-Autumn (July-December) Older Adult Education Brochure Online Version

SCOSA Summer-Autumn (July-December) Older Adult Education Brochure Printable Version

SCOSA Time To Tell Senior Writing & Poetry News

SCOSA Let's Draw & Paint Series News

Upcoming Events - Atlantic County

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014 - Every Week from July 10, 2014 to December 18, 2014 (except 11/27/14) 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Learn & Practice Techniques for Health & Well-Being…Have Fun While Relaxing Your Body & Mind
Linda Schwartz, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor     Flyer 
Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215 609-568-5073. Register Online or Call 609.626.3591.
Fee: $5.00 per session, collected by presenter. No mats needed. Wear comfortable clothing. We must have a minimum of 10 participants to continue the program so plan to join us, bring your friends and register now.
The practices you learn in the classes consist of experiential exercises and gentle movements including breathing exercises, mindfulness, stress reduction, gentle movement, chair yoga, visualizations, meditation, and relaxation. Through the practices you develop a greater sense of self awareness, hone the attention of your mind, learn new movement skills and tools for better self-observation and monitoring your well-being. These practices open you to experiencing life directly and being at peace.

Wednesday, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014    10:00am - 12:00pm
Let's Draw & Paint - Learn to Draw
Tom Sandor, Instructor    Flyer
Atlantic County Library System, Egg Harbor Township Community Room, 1 Swift Drive, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234 (609-927-8664).  Register Online or Call 609.626.3591.
Learn to draw what you “see”, at your own pace, developing powers of observation and defining individual style. With emphasis on self-discovery and skill development, the class will focus on building and refining basic skills, exploring a broad range of drawing materials and sharing ideas and techniques. You must purchase and bring your own materials (see flyer for list). No experience necessary, however those with a sample of previous work, are encouraged to bring it to the class. A fee of $5.00 per session will be charged and collected by the instructor.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Time to Create Art – Let’s Draw & Paint: Drawing Fundamentals
David Rhodes   Flyer
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Lily Lake Rd, Oceanville (Galloway), 08231. Call 609.652.8848 to register.
Fee: $10.00 (Collected by Noyes Museum).
Learn the basic skills and techniques of drawing by focusing on observational rendering, use of line, shading, mark making, elements of composition, and creativity.
Draw from a variety of subjects, build technical skills, and develop personal expression. This class is geared toward mature adults, but all adults are welcome.
Basic supplies provided for use of students. If there is an interest, classes will be continued through the fall.

Saturday, September 13, 2014  11:00am-2:00pm
A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield, 241 W. Mill Road (between Shore & New Road), Northfield 08225 609- 646-4476.           Flyer    Register Online or Call 609.626.3591.
Guest poet Diane Lockward will lead a creative writing group titled "Workshop: Exploiting a Fruit" at the Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield. Participants will be engaged in an activity which focuses on memory, descriptive details, and metaphors and similes. Lockward will share some of her own poetry, including "Blueberry," and participants will discuss the work, noting the details and the figurative language. Participants also will note where the poem turns and moves into memory. After this close reading and discussion, Lockward will lead participants through a step-by-step writing activity and offer take-home revision suggestions.?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Food for Thought – Financial Management Health Care and Your Retirement
Jason Kiefer, Financial Advisor, Instructor    Flyer    Register Online or Call 609.626.3591.
Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates, 432 Central Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221. Register Online or Call 609.626.3591.
A 45 minute educational program that addresses what steps you should take to prepare for health care costs to help ensure your retirement savings stay healthy.
Covers the cost of health care during retirement, preparing for long-term care expenses, using insurance to address long-term care costs, building a healthy retirement portfolio, pre-Medicare checklist.
Registration and dinner begins at 5:30 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm. Dinner compliments of Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates.

Saturday, September 20, 2014  10:30am - 12:30pm
Time to Create Art - Farmer's Market Basket
Niki Giberson, Instructor  Flyer
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Lily Lake Rd, Oceanville (Galloway), 08231. Call 609.652.8848 to register.
Materials Fee $40.00 (Collected by Noyes Museum). 10" x 10" x 14" rectangular basket which is very useful for gardening or carrying home your produce from market. It has an oak grip handle.

Tuesday, September 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 2014    10:00am - 12:30pm
Let's Draw & Paint - Learn to Paint With Watercolors
Alice White-Marks, Instructor  Flyer
Stockton at Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton, NJ  08037  (609-626-3840)  Class is full - waiting list only.
Learn the fundamentals of painting with watercolors in this four-week course. We will discuss the selection of brushes, paints and watercolor papers as well as other related topics. Students will learn basic techniques as they begin to paint. The instructor will supply initial painting inspiration, but students are encouraged to develop their own inspirations as well. This class is geared toward mature adults, but all adults are welcome. You must bring your own supplies – see flyer for list.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30am – 12:30pm
Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Cynthia Inman Graham, Instructor   Flyer
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Lily Lake Rd, Oceanville (Galloway), 08231. Call 609.652.8848 to be placed on a wiaitng list - class is currently full.
Poetry and Memoir (Creative Non-Fiction) will be the tools we use to shape the thoughts and experiences which have inspired our writing. Prompts and activities will allow our stories to surface, then critiquing by group members and revision will “fine tune” our work in this non-threatening community of fellow writers, both amateur and experienced. Our goal will not only be self-expression, but communication with our readers, whether they be grandchildren, friends, or a future publisher.  Resources will be presented to help answer the question- “I’ve written it. Now, what do I do with it?” Writers will be encouraged to submit their work to journals, blogs, or local publications.

SCOSA Programs at the Manahawkin Instructional Site, 712 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

"Get Connected" Technology Seminar
Date/ Time: Wednesday, September 10th 1pm-2pm
Presenter: Mark Pezzotta, Technical Assistant
Have you ever had difficulty using technology to communicate with family and friends? Join our Technical Assistant Mark for a FREE seminar on how useful technology has become in communicating with others. This workshop will introduce viewers to some of the numerous communication programs and applications available. Registration is required. To register: email Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.

Aging Sensitivity Training- FOR PROFESSIONALS
Date/Time: Friday, September 12th 1pm-3pm
Presenter: Gina M. Maguire, MSW, LSW
Aging sensitivity training is a compilation of individual activities designed to engage the participant in the process of growing older, by experiencing some of the pathologies typically described by many older adults. This training should be experienced by everyone, especially those who have taken on the important task of working with aging adults. Join other participants in feeling older for the event, facilitated by Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW. You will never view older adults the same way again!
Registration is required. To register: email Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.

Friday, September 19th 12-2
Beginner's Card making Class Presenters: Ann Blazovic & Gina Maguire
Join us for this free beginner's card making class. You will make greeting cards suitable for sending to your friends and family. This is planned to be a series of classes, so come and enjoy the art of paper crafting. Registration required, maximum of 16 in the class. To register: email Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.

Wednesday, October 1st 11am-1pm --- FOR PROFESSIONALS
Working with LGBT Older Adults presented by the LGBT Older Adult Project
Is aging the same for everyone? Should we treat all older adults exactly alike? This workshop introduces participants to issues of aging that are specific to older adults within the LGBT community. Attendance at this workshop will provide participants with information which will help the client feel more comfortable and trusting of the provider and increase the provider's awareness of needs specific to this population.
Who should attend this training? Anyone working with the older adult population! Attendance, training and materials are free, courtesy of Monmouth University's LGBT Older Adult Project.
Time: Approx 2 hours depending on group size and level of participation. Registration required. To register: email Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.