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 Winter/Spring 2015 (January 2015 - June, 2015) Older Adult Education Brochure is now online as a booklet and in print form.  

SCOSA Time To Tell Senior Writing & Poetry News

SCOSA Let's Draw & Paint Series News

Upcoming Older Adult Education Programs


Be A Partner in Your Healthcare

  • Monday, February 2, 2015  10:00am – 11:00am
    Buena Senior Center, 600 Central Ave, Buena
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015  10:00am – 11:00am
    Brigantine Senior Center, 265 42nd St South, Brigantine

No registration necessary.  Presenter:  Atlantic-Cape Community Coalition For Health.
Learn to manage your own health care by using a personal health record, getting to know your primary care doctor, preparing for your doctors’ visits, learning about your medications, and setting personal goals to become involved in your individual care decisions.

Crochet Class

Mondays, February 2, 9, 16,  & 23, 2015   12:30pm - 2:30pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. Limited class size - maximum of 15. $50 fee paid to instructor at first session includes instruction and materials for 8 weekly lessons. Presenter: Lois Allen.
This is an eight week class for beginners who wish to learn how to read a pattern and correct mistakes, or more advanced crocheters who would like some guidance. By the end of the session, students should be able to make something for themselves or a gift for someone special.

Technology Workshop – Figuring out Facebook

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  12:00pm – 1:00pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton 
Register online or call (609) 626-3591. Presenter: Ginna Petrillo.
Facebook has become one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet and it is a useful tool for family members to keep in touch. In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own account, adjust your privacy settings to keep from sharing too much information with the world, and you will learn how to make status updates, upload pictures, and view a friend’s or family member’s profile.

 Laughter is the Best Medicine

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015  10:00am – 11:00am
    Galloway Senior Center, 621 West White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor 
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015  10:00am – 11:00am
    Dr. Leinweber Senior Center, Dolphin Ave, Northfield
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015  10:00am – 11:00am
    Egg Harbor Township Senior Center, 5045 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Township

No registration necessary.  Presenter: Maryann Prudhomme, RN.
Join Maryann, a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of management and clinical experience in health care and nursing in both acute care and home care settings, to learn how you can use humor and laughter to feel better and age well. Take home laughter guides to share with your family and friends.

Learn & Practice Techniques for Health & Well-Being… Have Fun While Relaxing Your Body & Mind

Thursday, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2015  9:30am – 10:30am
Galloway Senior Center, 621 West White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor 
No registration necessary. 
Fee: $6.00 per session, collected by presenter. No mats needed. Wear comfortable clothing. 
Presenter: Linda Schwartz, Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor   Flyer      
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.

Time to Create Art:   The Chinese Year of the Sheep… Needle Felted Good Luck Charm for the Home

Thursday, February 5, 2015   12:00pm -  2:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. $25.00 fee (paid to instructor) includes instruction, materials, & tool use. Skill Level: Beginner.
Diamond Frandsen, owner of Ivy Cottage.
Ring in the Chinese New Year with a good luck charm to bring good fortune all year long.  Make your own sheep using needle felting and sculpting techniques from wool roving. This is a hands on class where each student will leave with a completed project.  Diamond will guide the class through basic steps of using a barbed needle to interlock fibers to create a one of a kind sheep to adorn your home all year long.

Basket Making: Heart Truffle Basket

Saturday, February 7, 2015  10:30am - 12:30pm   
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Rd, Oceanville (Galloway)  
Call 609-652-8848 to register. 
$30.00 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at registration. Presenter: Niki Giberson, Swan Bay Folk Art.  Flyer
Enjoy hand dipped truffles and create a heart shaped basket with a handle to fill with these tasty candies that you can make at home from recipes that you will receive in class.

Time to Tell: Writing Memory Stew

Tuesday, February 10, 2015   2:00pm – 4:00pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton
Register online or call (609) 626-3591. Presenter: Jennifer Robinson.   Flyer
Do we create our memories? Or do they create us? In this workshop, we will learn how to write with structure while allowing for variations along the way. We will focus on subjects such as setting, theme, plot, characterization and structure that create the story and how to utilize them effectively. Stirring all of these together, we’ll create a true story stew; separate ingredients that, together and with time, become a wonderful feast to share with everyone. 

Beginner's Knitting

Friday, February 13, 2015   11:00pm - 1:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave Manahawkin
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. You will need to bring size 8 needles and one 100 gm skein of worsted yarn (4). Note: the scarf will not be finished in one session. Presenter: Robin Resnick.
Beginner's class in knitting, for individuals who either have never tried to knit or who have forgotten how. We will be starting work on a simple scarf. 

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors 

Saturday, February 14, 2015  11:00am – 1:00pm     
The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield, 241 West Mill Rd, Northfield
No registration necessary. Guest Poet: Michelle Ovalle.  Flyer

My Body Says I'm Old, But My Mind Says 35

Tuesday, February 17, 2015   12:00pm – 2:00pm
Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates, 432 Central Avenue, Linwood
Register online or call 609.626.3591. Presenter: Marguerite Heaton-Colella, MSW, LCSW, BCPCC.   Flyer   Join us for lunch - compliments of Brandywine Senior Living.
How can we maintain the youthful enthusiasm for life even when our bodies are yelling "STOP"?  Many ideas will be shared as we discuss the uphill and downhill aging process. 

Time to Create Art: Sumi-e Painting

Thursday, February 19, 2015   12:00pm - 2:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. No art skills are needed.  Class is free, all art supplies will be provided.
Join in the exploration of Sumi-e painting. This East Asian art form enhances creativity and provides a relaxing and meditative experience.  

Beginner's Card Making Class     

Friday, February 20, 2015  Session 1: 12:00pm - 1:30pm  Session 2: 1:30pm - 3:00pm  
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. Limited class size - maximum of 14.  Bring scissors, adhesive (glue sticks work), and colored pencils to each class. PresentersAnn 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. 

Technology Workshop: Computer Basics

Tuesday, February 24, 2015   12:00pm – 1:00pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton
Register online or call (609) 626-3591. Presenter: Ginna Petrillo.
Do you feel intimidated by computers? This workshop will help you become more comfortable with your computer. We will navigate through different tricks and tips on browsing the Internet to syncing a new device to your computer. We will address questions from participants.

Time to Tell Memoir Writing Theme One   

Friday, February 27, 2015     1:30pm – 3:00pm  
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.  Limited class size - maximum of 15. Bring a notebook and a pen to each session. 
Presented by
Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW.
Join us for continuing sessions of personalized monthly instruction. Creative writing styles, including poetry and photographs, will be introduced to help you chronicle the stories of your life.