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


Let’s Draw & Paint – Learn to Draw - Registration Closed
Wednesdays, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 & 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 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.


Chair Yoga - Have Fun While Relaxing Your Body & Mind
Thursdays, October 1, 22, 29, 2015 9:30am – 10:30 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.


Come & Dance
Tuesday, October 6, 2015  2:30pm – 3:30pm
Stockton Dance Studio (M205 - near PAC), 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway
SCOSA & ARHU Present Gallim Dance   Flyer
Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Come take a basic dance movement class with Gallim Dance, a New York based contemporary dance company that creates and performs worldwide original work by artistic director and founder Andrea Miller. This class is part of the Dance Company Residency taking place at Stockton University for two weeks in Fall 2015. The residency culminates in a performance of the company in Stockton's Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 9th. Participants in the workshop receive a coupon for two discounted tickets to the performance. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance.


Food for Thought: Staying Healthy & Happy As You Age
Wednesday, October 7, 2015  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Requirements: Free - Call 609-625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com for directions and to register.
Presenter: Maryann Prudhomme, RN    Flyer
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 to help yourself stay healthy and happy by using the things that you love: food, sleep, and active fun. Bring your family and friends and have some fun learning to be healthy and happy. Luncheon begins at 1:00pm - compliments of Woodview Estates. Workshop begins at 2:00pm.


Learn Handcrafted Lace Crochet - Registration still open
Wednesday, 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.


Learn what email is and how to use it
Friday, October 16, 2015 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Stockton at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton, NJ 08037
Seating is limited. Register online or call 609-626-3591.
Presenter: Richard Jeffries?     Flyer
This session will explain what email can be used for, how to create an email account, and how to get the most out of email.


A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
Saturday, October 17, 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.     Flyer


Meditation Group
Thursday, October 22, 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. 


Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Saturday, October 24, 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.


Wool Needle Felting: Pumpkins
Saturday, October 24, 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
$20.00 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at registration.
Using wool from her sheep farm, Niki Giberson will instruct participants to create 2 pumpkins for fall decorating.

Manahawkin Older Adult Education Offerings for Late September and October:

Knit with Lois- Six Weekly Sessions            FLYER                                                                                                        Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22 ,29,and October 13 & 20, 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                                                                                                                                                  Beginners and Advanced class in knitting, for individuals who either have never before tried to knit or who have forgotten how to knit AND for individuals who know the basics of knitting and want to attempt a more advanced project! All supplies included.

Needle Felted Acorns                                  FLYER                                                                                                             Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015                Time: 12:00-2:00                                                                                        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                                      Fee payable to instructor: $15.00                                                                                                                                  Presented by: Diamond Frandsen, owner of Ivy Cottage                                                                                                   Bring the soft touch of wool into your home by making the season’s cutest décor accessory.  Using needle felting techniques make a bowl of wool acorns to top your Fall table or to give as a bread and butter gift.  Various wool colors will be provided from naturals to “pop”. 

Time to Create Art: One Stroke Painting: Six Weekly Sessions               FLYER                                                         Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, & 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.   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.          


Beginner’s Card Making Class                                                                                                                                           Friday, October 16,, 2015                     Session 1: 12:00pm-1:30pm Seating is limited to 10                                         Friday, October 16,, 2015                     Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm Seating is limited to 10                                            Manahawkin Instructional Site (MIS) 712 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050                                                        To register email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu or call 609-626-5590.                                                                  Presented by: Gina Maguire and Ann Blazovic                                                                                                                      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.