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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.

Some of the older adult programs offered by SCOSA are partially funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, through a grant by the Division of Intergenerational Services, Atlantic County, New Jersey. You may make voluntary donations to SCOSA. Such donations are not a fee and are not required. Any donations received will be used to develop and operate future programs. If you wish to donate directly to SCOSA please make your checks payable to SCOSA and send them to: SCOSA/SOBL, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441.

SCOSA's Winter Spring 2016 Older Adult Education Catalog
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Use the catalog to find upcoming programs from January through June, 2016. If registration is required use the link provided in the program description to register. 

Atlantic County Programs

Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Saturday, May 7,  June 18, 2016 10:30am – 12:30pm
Campus Center Meeting Room 1, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway, 08205 Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Cynthia Inman Graham, Instructor.  Flyer
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.

Quartet of Programs to Help You Age in Place
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton
Space is limited, please Register online (or call 609-626-3591) for these free programs and tasty lunch, compliments of Stockton Kramer Hall.   Flyer
Visit the Kramer Hall website for information on the 150th anniversary celebration of the Town of Hammonton and programs and amenities for our older adult community.

To Give and to Get… Reassurance: a service that works both ways
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ann P. Magee, Executive Director of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic 
We Hear You … Are you looking to volunteer? This presentation will explain how you can volunteer to give back to your community. Would you like to receive a call? It will also share information on how the program works for individuals who might want to receive a daily call. There are benefits of how this service can work both ways for individuals in our community. CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is making a difference, one call at a time. This service is free. Remember, there is no place like home. Visit: contactcapeatlantic.org or call: (609) 823-1850.

Continue to Live Independently
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Pat Laychock, RRT, CSA, CDCP, Presenter 
Join us to learn how you can plan to “age in place” … 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?
Pat has over 20 years of experience dealing with many of the issues people face when trying to remain in their homes. Bring your family members and all of your questions.

Tips for Moving & Downsizing
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jared Willmann, Facilitator 
Facing a move or need to downsize? Do you feel there is so much to do and so little help? This presentation will explain how you can downsize smoothly and efficiently by breaking the process into manageable pieces.. The tips Jared will share are compiled from 18 years of helping seniors downsize and nearly 2000 moves. Have fun learning from Jared while playing a moving game. Take home valuable information that you can use now, save for a future move, or share with family and friends.

LIVE Independently, Vibrantly & Educated
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Join the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health to learn how you can:
• Know your options… set your objectives
• Prepare - don’t wait for a crisis
• Know where to find information & resources & where to go for help
• Practice preventative care
• Keep a personal record
• Take charge of your life: eat better, move more, improve safety in your home, & properly manage medications
• Make your wishes known

Managing Credit
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00 pm
Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing, NJ 08330 To register call 609-625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com. Free program includes lunch, compliments of Woodview Estates.
Presented by Money Management International, a non-profit credit counseling service. Flyer
Credit is an important part of a sound financial plan when it is managed responsibly. This workshop will teach participant when to use credit, how to identify and avoid predatory lenders, and how to compare credit cards for the best value.
Participants will learn how to:
• Identify best practices for using credit
• Determine when to use credit or save and pay cash
• Examine a credit statement and compare credit card interest rates
• Understand the ramifications of predatory lending and identify alternative lending options. 

Learn Basketry, Experience Local History & Culinary Delights
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Swan Bay Folk Art Center, 300 Sooys Landing Rd., Port Republic, NJ 08241 Register online at HandsOnHistory.com or call Niki at (609) 652-0366 to register and for more information and directions.
Niki Giberson, Instructor    Flyer
Brûlée Tray Basket ($30 materials fee payable to instructor): Each participant will weave an 11”x 8” rectangular basket with side handles,perfect for serving at least 6 individual ramekins of creme brûlée. All will sample their own serving of this delicious custard and receive the recipe to try at home.

Staying Healthy & Happy As You Age
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Hammonton Senior Center, 310 Bellevue Avenue, Hammonton, NJ 08037. No registration necessary.
Maryann Prudhomme, RN, Presenter   Flyer
It’s easier than you think … 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 help yourself to stay healthy and happy by using the things that you love: food, sleep, and active fun. Come, bring your family and friends and have some fun learning to be healthy and happy.

SCOSA Aging Successfully Festival
Thursday, May 19, 2016  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stockton University Campus Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway     Click here for details.

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
Saturday, May 21, 2016 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. Flyer Intergenerational Poetry Festival and Anthology Release Party

LIVE Independently, Vibrantly & Educated
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Village Grande at Little Mill, 1 Milroy Rd., Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234  Register online or call 609-626-3591. Older adults from the community are invited to attend this free lecture with refreshments compliments of Village Grande.
Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health, Presenter      Flyer
Join the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health to learn how you can:
• Know your options… set your objectives
• Prepare - don’t wait for a crisis
• Know where to find information & resources & where to go for help
• Practice preventative care
• Keep a personal record
• Take charge of your life: eat better, move more, improve safety in your home, & properly manage medications
• Make your wishes known
• Show off your skills playing LIVE Bingo

Social Security – What You Need to Know to Maximize Your Retirement Income
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing, NJ 08330 To register call 609-625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com. Free program includes lunch, compliments of Woodview Estates.
Christopher J. Carrozza, CPA, ChFC, CASL, Presenter   Flyer
We invite you and all members of your family or friends at or approaching retirement age.
When to begin your Social Security benefits to maximize your lifetime retirement income. Should you take early payments, begin payments at full retirement age, or delay taking benefits?
How to capitalize on benefits you may be entitled to based on your spouses earnings. Should you take only your benefits, spousal benefits, or a combination of the two?
Understand the potential impact continuing to work has on your ability to collect Social Security benefits.
Other topics include benefits for divorced spouses, enhancing survivor income, planning for the tax consequences of Social Security benefits, the benefits of filing and suspending benefits and building an income bridge to enable you to delay receipt of Social Security benefits.

Laughter is the Best Medicine
Friday, June 10, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Brigantine Senior Center, 465 42nd St South, Brigantine 609-264-7350. No registration necessary.
Maryann Prudhomme, RN, Presenter     Flyer
Humor & Laughter - a prescription for living better. 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 Basketry, Experience Local History & Culinary Delights
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Swan Bay Folk Art Center, 300 Sooys Landing Rd., Port Republic, NJ 08241 Register online at HandsOnHistory.comor call Niki at (609) 652-0366 to register and for more information and directions.
Niki Giberson, Instructor    Flyer
Cookie Basket ($30 materials fee payable to instructor): Create a 10” round cookie gift basket with seagrass accents. Thumb print cookies using homemade jam will be served.

Continue to Live Independently – Age in Place
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Village Grande at Little Mill, 1 Milroy Rd., Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234 Register online or call 609-626-3591. Older adults from the community are invited to attend this free lecture with refreshments compliments of Village Grande.
Pat Laychock, RRT, CSA, CDCP, Presenter     Flyer
Join us to learn how you can plan to “age in place” … 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?
Pat has over 20 years of experience dealing with many of the issues people face when trying to remain in their homes. Bring your family members and all of your questions.

Ocean County Programs

Beginner Card Making Class           FLYER

Friday:  April 22,  2016                                       Session Times: 12:00pm -1:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:00pm                      Manahawkin Instructional Site, 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin                                                                     Requirements: Registration for each session you want to attend is required. Participants limited to 10 per session. Bring scissors, adhesive (glue sticks work), and colored pencils to each class.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Register by email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu  or call 609-626-5590.                                                                                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.

LGBTQ Intergenerational Group  Meeting     FLYER                                                                                                        

Thursday, May 12, 2016                 1:00pm- 3:00pm 

Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin

 SCOSA is offering a safe space for LGBTQ individuals and their friends/families to come together to discuss their experiences and share their feelings. Initial meetings will be planning and group discussions, encouraging input from the group. Future meetings are planned to have educational topics and issues that affect LGBTQ individuals (eg: the Importance of Having Advanced Directives for Everyone Over 18) in addition to the discussions.

Register by email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.

Presenter: Edith Giberson, MSW Candidate and Social Work Intern

Lunch and Learn Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day:  FLYER

Defiant Requiem documentary, Lunch and a Lecture by Doug Cervi, Stockton Adjunct

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016               12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location:  Stockton’s Manahawkin Instructional Site, 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin

Requirements: Participants limited to 35, registration is required.

Register by calling: 609-626-3883.

“The film Defiant Requiem introduces students to the remarkable history of Terezín, a concentration camp near Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia and is now the Czech Republic. Many movies about the Holocaust fill the viewer with despair over man’s inhumanity to man. Defiant Requiem captures the horrors of the Third Reich, but also shows the power of the human spirit to create art and beauty under the most egregious circumstances. It is also a testament to the importance of preserving history.”