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's Summer-Autumn Older Adult Education Brochure
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SCOSA Time To Tell Senior Writing & Poetry News


Upcoming Older Adult Education Programs


Atlantic County Programs

Learn & Practice Techniques for Health & Well-Being…Have Fun While Relaxing Your Body & Mind  Weekly Event
Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015   9:30am – 10: am
Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215 609-568-5073.
Linda Schwartz, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor   Flyer
To Register Call (609) 568-5073. 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.
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.

Meditation Group    Monthly Event
Thursday, July 2, 2015 11:30am – 12:30 pm
Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing 609-625-4878
To Register Call (609)625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com. Fee: $6.00 per session, collected by presenter.
Linda Schwartz, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor     Flyer
Meditation practice, interactive dialogue on the practice and the application of mindfulness in daily life.

Theragami: Origami Therapy for Seniors
Thursdays, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6 & August 13, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Stockton University Campus Center Meeting Room 3, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205
Advance registration is required for all classes. You must commit to attend all sessions in the series. Register online at stockton.edu/scosa or call: 609-626-3591.   Flyer
Norma Boakes, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Education, Stockton University and Barbara Pearl, MA., M.S., Adjunct Instructor for Stockton University
Looking for something fun to do that’s easy to learn with many health benefits? Then consider joining us for our FREE “Theragami” workshop series. Origami, the art of paper folding, is not only fun but is beneficial to the mind and hands as well. Two local Origamists, Dr. Norma Boakes and Mrs. Barbara Pearl will be leading the six workshop series designed to teach Origami to seniors. They will teach you the visual language and terminology of Origami. Within a few sessions, you will be able to use a book or online instructions to make your very own Origami figures. As part of every workshop you will make and leave with many pleasing and practical Origami models that serve as great gifts or decorations. The craft is beginner friendly and cost effective with only paper needed to get started. Participation is free with all necessary materials provided during the first workshop of the series.

Learn Handcrafted Lace Crochet
Wednesday, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 14, November 18, December 16, 2015   11:30am – 1:30pm
Anatolia Art & Craft Studio, 2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-541-3184 anatoliaartcraft.com. Register Online or call 609-626-3591.
Via Asal, Anatolia Art & Craft Studio, Instructor   Flyer
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. $25.00 materials fee collected by the presenter first class.

Food for Thought: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Call 609-625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com for directions and to register.
Presenter: Maryann Prudhomme, RN     Flyer
Join Maryann Prudhomme, a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of management and clinical experience in health care and nursing, 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. Complimentary ‘afternoon tea’ compliments of Woodview Estates.

Basket Making: Chicken Salsa Dip Tray
Saturday, July 18, 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.
Niki Giberson, Swan Bay Folk Art, Port Republic, Instructor      Flyer
$35.00 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at registration.
ll participants will weave a round serving tray with handles. A plate and bowl for the inside of the basket, a sample of chicken salsa and a recipe are all included in the class.

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors    Monthly Event
Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00am – 1:00pm     Flyer
The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield, 241 W. Mill Road (between Shore & New Road), Northfield 08225 609- 646-4476. No registration necessary. Flyer

How To Be Smarter Than Your Smart Device
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton
Christina Birchler & Ginna Petrillo, Facilitator     Flyer
Seating is limited. Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Hands on workshop for beginners and seniors. Bring your own devices and let us help you learn the fundamentals of using your phones, tablets and laptops.

LIVE Independently, Vibrantly & Educated
Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hammonton Canoe Club Senior Center, 100 Sports Drive, Hammonton, NJ 08037     Flyer
Complimentary luncheon following the event provided by DePaul Healthcare Systems – Absecon Manor.
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 by eating better, moving more, improving safety in your home, & properly managing your medications
• Make your wishes known
• Show off your skills playing LIVE Bingo

Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom    Monthly Event - Accepting New Participants in September
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:30am – 12:30pm
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Lily Lake Rd, Oceanville (Galloway), 08231. Call 609.652.8848 to register.
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.

Ocean County Programs

Beaded, Silver Wire Crocheted Necklace - Two Sessions
Monday AND Tuesday, June 29 & 30, 2015 12:30pm-2:30pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. Registration is required, MAXIMUM OF 15 Fee payable to instructor: $25.00 includes instruction and materials for both lessons
Presented by Lois Allen
Enjoy two consecutive afternoons of learning to crochet silver wire with beads. At the end of the second class, you will have a beautiful necklace. Wire and choice of beads will be available at the first class.

Computer Basics
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 2:00pm- 3:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Registration is required, MAXIMUM OF 15
Presented by Mark Pezzotta
To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-3883.
In this workshop, you will learn how to: feel more comfortable working on your computer, navigate through different tricks and tips, sync new devices to your computer, and have you questions answered.
This is a free, introductory course, and is intended to teach basic computer knowledge.

Time to Create Art: One Stroke Painting: Six Weekly Sessions
Wednesdays, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, & August 5, 2015 11:00am-1:00pm
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: $40.00 includes instruction and materials for 6 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.

Salt of the Earth : Creative Writing & Sensory Craft
Date: July 8, 2015 Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
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 Materials Fee: $12.00 per student, collected by instructor
Presented by: Diamond Frandsen, owner of Ivy Cottage
Explore your creative side and peek back into your memory all at the same time. Who is your "Salt of the Earth" figure and how have they helped you become the person you are today? Spend some time writing before the program and then come prepared to share with others and learn what scents spark memories of your "salt".
Take home craft combining salts and fresh herbs to be used in your own home cooking will round out this sensory experience. A fun morning to share with friends, neighbors, and other family members.
Skill Level: Beginner

Crochet Class- Six Weekly Sessions
Tuesdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, & August 11, 2015 11:00am-1:00pm
Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050
To register email:Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590. Registration is required, MAXIMUM OF 15 Fee payable to instructor: $40.00 includes instruction and materials for 6 weekly lessons.
Presented by Lois Allen
This is a six 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.

Beginner's Card Making Class
Thursday, July 16,, 2015 Session 1: 12:00pm-1:30pm Seating is limited to 10 people.
Thursday, July 16,, 2015 Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm Seating is limited to 10 people.
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.