Festival & Conferences

BalloonBlank2019 Annual Successful Aging Festival

Thursday May 16, 2019 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Stockton University Campus Center, Galloway, NJ

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Program Highlights

 Program under development. Please check back for updates! 
Do you have ideas or suggestions for our program? Please e-mail Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu.   

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Noon Plenary Session:

Keynote Lecture

The Age Friendly University (AFU) Pathway
to Successful Aging

Beginning with the keynote lecture discussing how the 10 Principles of Age Friendly Universities provide the means through which to nurture positive attitudes at all ages, create opportunities for many forms of engagement, and encourage health and well-being among older adults, the session will then turn to reactions from a distinguished panel that will consider how the AFU relates to national, statewide, local and Stockton needs, priorities and initiatives. A question and answer session will follow.

Presented by


Carrie Andreoletti, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
and Director of Gerontology
Central Connecticut State University

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Expert Discussion Panel:

Ambassador William J. Hughes


Ambassador William J. Hughes
Ambassador to Panama, 1995-1998
Member, U.S. House of Representaives, 1975-1995

Provost Lori Vermeulen


Lori A. Vermeulen, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stockton University

John Froonjian, Hughes Center


John Froonjian, MPA
Senior Research Associate
William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy
Stockton University

Other Sessions:

Nourishing Body and Soul: Historical Stories
of the People Who Feed South Jersey
Jeff Quattrone

Veterans' Aging
Lisa Cox and Ashley Jones

Fact and Fiction: A Writer’s Perspective
Mary Ann Trail

Internet Security: Connecting Online Safely
Ben Brotsker

Lotus Lantern Making Workshop
Saskia Schmidt

Memories in the Making:
An Art Program for  those Living with Dementia 
Maria Garcia  

sponsored by Angelic Health

Chair Yoga
Luann Anton

sponsored by Seashore Gardens Living Center 


2019 Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertizers

(List updated on 4/22/19)

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Bronze Sponsors

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Vineland

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

South Jersey Gas Company - Energy Efficiency Department

Session Sponsors

 Angelic Health

Seashore Gardens Living Center

Additional Sponsors

Stockton University Retirees Association (SURA)

Frances Leonilda Acerra Christopher Memorial Fund

South Jersey Senior Marketing Group

Southern New Jersey Council on Issues of Aging Endowment Fund


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Last Year's Program ...

2018 Annual Successful Aging Festival
May 17th 2018 -- 9am-3pm
Campus Center, Galloway, NJ

View 2018 Program Book Online Here

View 2018 Program Book PDF Here

View a 2018 Festival Story from Stockton News Here 

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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors


Silver Sponsor

AtlantiCare Health Systems

Bronze Sponsors

Alzheimer's Association Atlantic County Branch 

CareOne Management, LLC

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Session Sponsors

Curexa Pharmacy


Additional Sponsors

Stockton University Retirees Association (SURA)

Frances Leonilda Acerra Christopher Memorial Fund

South Jersey Senior Networking Group

Southern New Jersey Council on Issues of Aging Endowment Fund



Seacrest Village (Full Page)

CareOne (Full Page)

The County Woman (Full Page)

Boomers Plus Magazine (Full Page)

The Alzheimer's Association, Atlantic County Branch (Full Page)

Gitterman Wealth Management (Full Page)

Curexa Pharmacy (1/2 Page)

Katz JCC (1/4 Page)

Ellen Farber Strategic Designs (1/8 page)

Journey Hospice (1/4 Page)

Visiting Angels (1/8 Page)

Program Highlight:
Engaging at Every Age: The Benefits of Mixing it Up

Connecting with other generations should be easy yet a recent national survey found the majority of adults in America believe they don’t have enough opportunities to do so. Intergenerational programs can reduce social isolation, increase the opportunity to contribute to community life and improve health outcomes. Intergenerational approaches are designed to help us all engage across the ages and change the conversation about aging from burden to benefit.

presented by

Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United

An internationally sought-after speaker, author and advocate, Donna Butts frequently  speaks on  intergenerational connections, grandparents raising grandchildren and policies effective across the lifespan. Her commentary has appeared in the New York  Times, the Washingon Post, the Christiian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been interviewed on the TODAY Show, National Public Radio and ABC News. She was invited by the United Nations to sit on four expert panels on intergenerational
 solidarity and social cohesion in preparation for the 2014 20th anniversary of the international Year of the Family.  She spoke at the United Nations on May 15th and 16th prior to joining us at the Festival.  Donna was recognized in 2012,  2013 and 2014 by The Nonprofit Times as one of the Top 50 most powerful and influential nonprofit executives in the nation.

Thoughts about Volunteering & Engagement

Purpose in Old Age
"The greatest good fortune, greater even than health, for the old person is to have his world still inhabited by projects: then, busy and useful, he escapes both from boredom and decay. The times in which he lives then remain his own, and he is not compelled to adopt the defensive and aggressive forms of behavior that are so often characteristic of the final years. His oldness passes as it were unnoticed. For this to be the case he must have committed himself to undertakings that set time at defiance."
-Simone de Beauvoir, The Coming of Age