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

Mondays & Wednesdays, May 25, June 1, June 6, June 8, June 13, June 15, July 6, 2016  8:00 am - 10:00 am (check back often for schedule throughout the summer)
Stockton University Sports Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway 08205  
Registration RequiredRegister online or call 609-626-3591. Players must register in advance and sign-in upon arrival at the registration desk before being allowed to play. You may be required to produce identification.
Traditionally, pickle ball is played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickle-ball paddles, made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. The ball used is like a wiffle ball, but a bit smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to “test their mettle.” Unlike the power of the serve and higher net in tennis, in Pickle-ball players must bounce the ball once on each side before volleys are allowed. This opens the game to more players and extends play for more fun.

SCOSA Launches Pickleball with Stockton Athletics & Recreation
Stockton’s provision of space in the Sports Center for two Pickleball courts was officially started during our May 19th Festival. Seasoned Pickleball players, who’ve been trekking to Cape May County and other venues, expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to play at Stockton. Over sixty people attended a morning information session in the Campus Center before heading to the Sports Center where experienced “Pickleballers” and interested new folks played or observed. Dr. Lisa Cox (Professor of Social Work & Gerontology and SCOSA Research Chair) introduced the crowd to Jonathan Heck, Stockton’s Director of Athletics Operations. They discussed registration and play procedures; provided nets and equipment for beginners, and shared the initial schedule. 
Kickoff Day on May 25th from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM will be followed by Pickleball play on Mondays and Wednesdays (except holidays and pre-scheduled student events) from 8-10:00 AM. The open dates between now and July 6th are as follows:  June 1, 6, 8, 13, and 15 and July 6th. Pickleball is not available all other dates.The schedule after July 6th will be posted on the SCOSA web-site and/or in e-mail to registered participants.  IMPORTANT: All players MUST be on the SCOSA list to be admitted to the Sports Complex for play.  To sign up “Click Here”, enter your complete contact information and select “Pickleball” as an interest on the SCOSA form. You must also click to agree to receive SCOSA’s monthly E-News and other occasional mailings in order to be added to the Pickleball list.

Time to Tell - Creative Writing Workshop: Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom
Saturday, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 24, October 15, November 19, December 17, 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.

A Tour of Poetry for Seniors
Saturday, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10, 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

Thursdays:  June 2 & 30,  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.

One-Stroke Painting June Project: Birdhouse        FLYER

Dates: Wednesdays, June 8 & 15, 2016                10:00am – 12:00pm

Requirements: Participants limited to 15. $22 fee payable to instructor at first session and includes instruction, supplies and paints for 2 weekly lessons. Brush kits can be purchased from instructor for $10 (12 brushes).

In this project, Lois will teach you to decoratively paint a wooden birdhouse.