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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
Printable PDF

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

Find, Get and Keep the Job You Want… A New Environment Calls for New Strategies
Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016 10 am – 12 noon
Stockton Carnegie Center, 35 S Dr. MLK Blvd., Atlantic City, 08401 (free parking)
Michael Kuhlman, Facilitator. Register online or call 609-626-3591. Flyer
Four weekly sessions will take you through the SELFIE (Self-Empowering Learning for Innovative Enlightenment) model created by Michael Kuhlman.
• Identify and overcome obstacles that keep you from the job that’s right for you.
• Discover what you have to offer and find your competitive edge in this changing work environment.
• Learn what our community employers need and want in their employees.
• Develop strategies for a successful presentation, from creating your resume to your final job interview.
• Practice your new presentation skills on a group of your peers and benefit from their objective critique, while learning about your competition.

Learn Basketry, Experience Local History & Culinary Delights
Saturday, February 6, 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
Heart Basket ($30 materials fee payable to instructor): Enjoy samples of homemade fudge while creating a heart shaped basket for Valentine gift giving. Fudge recipes will be available.

Staying Healthy & Happy As You Age - Cancelled
Tuesday, February 9, 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.
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.

Doing Our Part to Support the American Heart Associations Go Red For Women
Tuesday, February 10, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 noon  No registration necessary.
Stockton University Campus Cetner Meeting Room 1, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205
Leslie Baruffi, MBS, MBA, Presenter   Flyer
Older Adults & Heart Disease
Join us to discover the warning signs of heart disease, symptoms to watch for and identify, and learn about and discuss the effects of heart disease on you and your family.
Older Adults & Stroke Disorders
Learn about Aphasia - one of the possible side effects of stroke. Join Leslie as she explores what its, why it happens, and how we can relate to individuals who have Aphasia.
In addition, Marilyn Viventi will be available to speak on
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), an inherited disorder that leads to aggressive and premature cardiovascular disease. Marilyn will present her perspective as a person living with the disease and explain the misperceptions and barriers to early recognition and early treatment of FH.

Learn to Use Your Computer Safely – Cloud Computing
Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stockton University Main Campus F Wing, Room 114, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205. Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Facilitators: Dr. Ai Zhang, Dr. Chenyan Xu, Ms. Nandini Taneja and Dr. Aakash Taneja with Computer Science & Information Systems students. Flyer
Over the past 20 years, the Internet has become an integral part of society. As we are increasingly dependent on technology, many of us seek more information about appropriate Internet usage and cyber security practices.
As older adults, we want to effectively use the internet, and look for training opportunities to enhance our ability to reap the benefits of the Internet. Through adequate training, safe browsing can replace the limited mobility often faced by many of us due to various disabilities, and help us to age in place with dignity and safety.
These workshops will enhance your technology usage and cyber security skills by covering topics and using hands-on exercises on effective and safe computing.
Cloud computing, or on-demand computing, is used for storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of a computer's hard drive. In this workshop, you’ll explore the cloud and some of the popular services for file storage and backup, entertainment, and productivity.

Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:30am – 12:30pm
Campus Center Meeting Room 1, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway, 08205. Class is full - Register online for waiting list 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.

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
Saturday, February 20, 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. Guest Poet: Bridget Sprouls. No registration necessary.  Flyer

Tech Workshop: Learn Microsoft Applications
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton 08037 Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Richard Jeffries, Presenter  Flyer
An introduction to some of the most popular Microsoft applications such as; Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. This introduction will prepare you for future Individual Microsoft classes.

Tech Workshop: Introduction to Microsoft Word
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton 08037 Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Richard Jeffries, Presenter   Flyer
Word is the most common computer application used to write reports, letters, and journals. Join us for an introduction to how Word works followed by a practice session using Microsoft Word.

Retirement Planning: Plan Now or Else
Tuesday, March 1, 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.
CHARLES C. WEEKS, JR., JD, CFP®, Presenter.    Flyer
We invite you and all members of your family or friends approaching retirement age. This presentation will discuss the
various factors in retirement planning including portfolio withdrawal rates, investment returns, portfolio construction
and inflation to name a few. We will also discuss how modeling your retirement plan around average returns can be
dangerous and strategies you can implement to increase the likelihood of not outliving your money.

Let’s Draw & Paint – Learn to Draw
Wednesday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016 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.
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 to Use Your Computer Safely – Social Media
Friday, March 11, 2016 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stockton University Main Campus F Wing, Room 114, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205. Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Facilitators: Dr. Ai Zhang, Dr. Chenyan Xu, Ms. Nandini Taneja and Dr. Aakash Taneja with Computer Science & Information Systems students. Flyer
Over the past 20 years, the Internet has become an integral part of society. As we are increasingly dependent on technology, many of us seek more information about appropriate Internet usage and cyber security practices.
As older adults, we want to effectively use the internet, and look for training opportunities to enhance our ability to reap the benefits of the Internet. Through adequate training, safe browsing can replace the limited mobility often faced by many of us due to various disabilities, and help us to age in place with dignity and safety.
These workshops will enhance your technology usage and cyber security skills by covering topics and using hands-on exercises on effective and safe computing.
Social media can be used to stay in touch with friends and family; to create, share or exchange information; keep up with trending topics and news; and more. Learn ways to manage your social media activities safely and effectively and explore various learning and engagement opportunities available through social media.

Learn Basketry, Experience Local History & Culinary Delights
Saturday, March 12, 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
Irish Soda Bread Basket ($30 materials fee payable to instructor): Each student will create an 8” round basket with green accents to serve Irish Soda Bread. Samples of the bread, and a recipe are included in this class.

Long Term Care: Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits & Alternatives
Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Spring Village at Galloway, 46 W Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway
Free - Register online or call 609-626-3591. Free program includes freshments donated by Spring Village.
Presenter: Grayson H. Heberley, III, Esq., CELA.     Flyer
Join Grayson as he simplifies the landscape of choices and discusses strategic steps to evaluating need when planning for Long Term Care. Refreshments will be served - compliments of Spring Village at Galloway

Laughter is the Best Medicine
Tuesday, March 15, 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.
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.

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
Saturday, March 19, 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. Guest Poet: Turiya S. A. Raheem. No registration necessary. Flyer

Tech Workshop: Introduction to the Internet
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton 08037 Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Richard Jeffries, Presenter.    Flyer
Join us for a discussion of the most popular internet search engines followed by hands on training in safe surfing.

Tech Workshop: YouTube.com
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Stockton Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton 08037 Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Richard Jeffries, Presenter.  Flyer
A website which allows individuals to post and share video clips. Join us as we explore its uses from posting family celebrations to finding out how to change your car oil.

Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Saturday, March 26, 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.


 

Ocean County Programs

 Knitting and Crocheting with Lois              FLYER    CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

Tuesdays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2016            10:00am-12:00pm                                            Manahawkin Instructional Site, 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin                                                                    Requirements: Participants limited to 15.  $40 fee payable to instructor at first session includes instruction only for 6 weekly lessons. Bring your own materials.                                                                                                                Register by email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or  call 609-626-5590.                                                                           Presenter: 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 and knitters 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.

Time to Create Art: One-Stroke Painting              FLYER

Wednesdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2016                   10:30am - 12:30pm                                          Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin                                                           Requirements: Participants limited to 15. $40 fee payable to instructor at first session and includes instruction and paints for 6 weekly lessons. Brush kits can be purchased from instructor for $10 (12 brushes).  Skill Level: Beginner.                                                                                                                                                                                Register by email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.                                                                                 Presenter: 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 and used 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.

Beginner Card Making Class           FLYER

Friday:  February 26,  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.

Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Lois         

Mondays,  February  15, 22, & 29, March 6, 13, & 20 2016      9:30am - 11:30am                                              Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS), 712 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin                                                                   Requirements: Participants limited to 15. $40 fee payable to instructor at first session includes instruction for 6 weekly lessons.  Tool  kits are required and can be purchased from instructor for $15 (includes: wire, cutters ,long nose pliers, & round nose pliers ).  Skill Level:Beginner/intermediate.                     

Register by email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.                                                                            Presenter: Lois Allen                                                                                                                                                                    Join Lois in learning a unique way  to wrap jewels and pendants with wire! These charming pieces are to add a distinct and unique look to your wardrobe.

LGBTQ Intergenerational Group - Introductory Meeting     FLYER                                                                                       Thursday, February 18, 2016                  10:00am-12:00pm                                                                                             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