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


Let’s Draw & Paint – Learn to Draw
Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm
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. $5.00 fee per person, per session collected by instructor.
Tom Sandor, Instructor   Flyer
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.

Learn & Practice Techniques for Health & Well-Being…Have Fun While Relaxing Your Body & Mind
Thursdays, March 12, 19, 2015 9:30am – 10:30 am   Note: March 26th class cancelled
Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215 609-568-5073.  
No registration necessary. Fee: $6.00 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 and bring your friends.
Linda Schwartz, Certified Yoga and 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. 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.

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Being in the Now – Practice and Discussion Group
Thursdays, March 12, 19, 2015 11:30am – 12:30 pm   Note: March 26th class cancelled
Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing 609-625-4878
No registration necessary. Fee: $6.00 per session, collected by presenter.
Linda Schwartz, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor   Flyer 
Explore and experience meditation techniques, the mind/body connection, wellness, expanding awareness and living in the moment, and how to calm the mind and soothe the emotions through stress reduction practices, Using focused interactive discussion and dialogue concerning human perception and thought processes and their effect on the emotions and the body we will explore mindfulness, present moment awareness, and a variety of other mind-body topics. In class we will practice experiential guided visualizations for the body and mind as well as meditation.

Time to Create Art: Woven Mason Jar and Fresh Flowers  Postponed
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:00pm- 3:00pm * note extended time
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required. To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590 Materials Fee: $30.00
Presented by: Diamond Frandsen, owner of Ivy Cottage
Make a center piece item you can use time and time again. Let's get your table ready for spring!
Weave up the sides of a Mason Jar using original over/under weaving techniques. Starting at the bottom go from round to square with your shaping and turn an ordinary jar into something amazing. Your weave will "hug" the jar. Keep it simple with natural materials or add a splash of color to your weave. Time to fill your completed "woven" jar with the season's freshest flowers. Use a flower frog specially designed for Mason Jars and brings springs colors into your home. Fresh flowers and greens will be made available. Instructor will guide students in creating special arrangements to complete this project.

Advanced Knitting
Friday, March 6, 2015 11:00pm- 1:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required. To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590
Presented by: Robin Resnick
Advanced class in knitting is for individuals who know the basics of knitting and want to attempt a more advanced project. You need to know how to both knit and purl to participate in this class. You need to bring instructions, yarn and needles for a project you would like to attempt.

Basket Making: Irish Soda Bread Basket
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville (Galloway), NJ 08231.
Call 609-652-8848 to register. $30.00 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at registration. 
Niki Giberson, Swan Bay Folk Art, Port Republic, Instructor  
Each student will create an 8” round basket with green accents and a shamrock basket buckle to serve Irish Soda Bread. Samples of the bread, and a recipe are included in this class. Niki will be sharing her love of baking along with her desire to assist people in creating their own heirloom pieces.

Time to Tell: Writing Memory Stew…A Creative Non-fiction Workshop
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton, 08037
Register online or call (609) 626-3591.
Jennifer Robinson, Instructor  
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. Advance registration is required for all classes. Register online at: stockton.edu/scosa or call (609) 626-3591.

Food for Thought – Financial Management Health Care and Your Retirement
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates, 432 Central Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221.
Register online or call (609) 626-3591. Registration and dinner begins at 5:30 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm. Dinner compliments of Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates.
Jason Kiefer, Financial Advisor, Instructor    
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.

Continue to Live Independently… Aging in Place
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ
No registration necessary.
Pat Laychock, RRT, CSA, CDCP, Instructor  
Aging in Place means you continue to live in the home of your choice safely and independently as you get older. What impact will it have on you and members of your family? What Services are needed and available to help you Live at Home?

Benefits of Gardening
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00pm-1:30pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-3883.
Presented by Thomas C. Mc Gillick, DC owner of Wharfside Chiropractic Center
The benefits of gardening are universally beneficial to everyone, young and old. However, it has been documented that the benefits of gardening not only create a nurturing healing method of therapy, but also acts as a level of security as we age. Gardening provides roots that many people unfortunately lack especially as people move from place to place. With the use of gardening as we age, our overall health improves. In addition, there are many documented studies that prove that both men and women are not spending enough time outdoors. With the use of gardening, health and wellbeing can be restored. Gardening also provides needed exercise in a very unconventional manner. Most exercises that people think of, especially as they age, encompass having to go on a bike ride, or long walk, or treadmills. By working in the garden, time seems to fly by and a good day of exercise is had without additional stresses and strains being placed on the body. Several studies have shown that range of motion throughout all joints is beneficial to prevent osteoarthritic degeneration, but also allow for additional movement throughout the spinal column improving posture. Gardening also provides improved cardiovascular health and allows for an overall sense of happiness, as gardening tends to secrete a chemical called serotonin.
I look forward to offering personally the benefits of gardening, how it has benefited me throughout the years of moving from New Jersey to Missouri and also the present benefits of gardening, how it adds to my present lifestyle.

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00am – 1:00pm  
The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield, 241 W. Mill Road (between Shore & New Road), Northfield 08225 609- 646-4476. No registration necessary.
MaryLisa DeDomenics, Guest Poet

Laughter is the Best Medicine
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Brigantine Senior Center, 265 42nd St. South, Brigantine City, NJ (609) 264-7350
No registration necessary. 
Maryann Prudhomme, RN.  
Join Maryann Prudhomme, 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 Handcrafted Lace Crochet
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:30am – 12:30pm
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville (Galloway), NJ 08231.
Class is Full. Registration Closed. $30.00 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration
Via Asal, Anatolia Art & Craft Studio, Instructor  
Explore the richness of this beautiful art, discover all the possibilities that it o?ers, and open your hands and mind to a new textile adventure. The beauty of crochet is in its ?exibility. Knowing how to make a single and a double crochet can create hundreds of beautiful stitches and patterns. If you know how to crochet, chances are you know how to crochet lace. With crochet lace you can create jewelry, scarves, wraps — an endless list. In this class you will learn the basics of crochet lace: the basic stitches, how to choose the right materials, how to follow patterns, and how to create your own designs. Learn with a few simple, logical steps, progressing from the basics to a completion of the lace necklace. 

Beginner's Card Making Class
Friday, March 20,, 2015 Session 1: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required, MAXIMUM OF 14 PER SESSION
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.
Presented by: 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. Please bring scissors, adhesive (glue sticks work), and colored pencils to each class.

Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:30am – 12:30pm
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Lily Lake Rd, Oceanville (Galloway), 08231.  
Class is Full. Registration Closed
Cynthia Inman Graham, Instructor  
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.

Time to Create Art: One Stroke Painting: Sessions 1 & 2
Monday, March 23, 2015 12:30pm-2:30pm
Monday, March 30, 2015 12:30pm-2:30pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required, MAXIMUM OF 15
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. Fee paid to instructor first session: $50.00 includes instruction and materials for 8 weekly lessons
Presented by Lois Allen
One Stroke Painting is sweeping the decorative painting world. It's fun! It's easy! It's quick! One Stroke is a multi-loading style of acrylic decorative painting that is very friendly to novice painters. It is equally usable on metal, plaster, glass, wood, fabric and ceramic surfaces. You will be excited too, when you find out for yourself how easy One Stroke is. Imagine, blending, shading, and highlighting all in One Stroke! Classes teach you to freehand various strokes and to build your own unique pattern.

Time to Tell Memoir Writing Theme Two
Friday, March 27,, 2015 1:30pm – 3:00pm Seating is limited to 15 people.
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required, MAXIMUM OF 15 PER SESSION
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.
Presented by: Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW
Please join us for an introductory session of personalized instruction. This is a continuation, which will have monthly meetings, to help you chronicle the stories of your life. Creative writing styles, including poetry and photographs, will also be introduced to help tell your story. Please bring a notebook and a pen to each session.

My Body Says I'm Old, But My Mind Says 35 
Tuesday, March 31, 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: Needle Felted Daisy Brooch
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00pm- 2:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required. Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590 Fee: : $18.00 includes instruction, materials, & tool use
Presented by: Diamond Frandsen, owner of Ivy Cottage
Time for Spring, and time for flowers. Bring a touch of the outdoors into your wardrobe this season and create a wool daisy to wear on your favorite blouse or jacket. Follow instructor, Diamond Frandsen as she guides you through the basic needle felting and sculpting skills of wool needle felting. This is a hands on class and each student will leave with a completed pin. Instructor will provide all materials and tools needed to complete project. Material fee payable to instructor on the day of class.
Skill Level: Beginner

Beginner's Knitting
Friday, April 3, 2015 11:30pm- 1:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required. To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.eduor call 609-626-5590
Presented by: Robin Resnick
Beginner's class in knitting, for individuals who either have never before tried to knit or who have forgotten how to knit. We will be starting work on a simple scarf. 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.