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Annual Successful Aging Festival


Wednesday May 15, 2024, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Stockton University Campus Center


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Keynote Hesburgh Lecture by Paul W. Bohn, Ph.D.

Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Inaugural Director, Bioengineering & Life Sciences Initiative (BELS)
Director, Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health
University of Notre Dame
The Future of Personalized Healthcare
through Precision Medicine

We are living in the midst of a revolution in the way that biomedicine approaches disease. Inspired by the revolution in genomics and related technologies (imaging, advanced delivery systems, etc.), we are moving away from traditional epidemiological views of disease states towards a personalized approach that promises to revolutionize healthcare. This presentation will describe the exciting opportunities and attendant challenges in realizing the potential of personalized medicine, while highlighting the work of Notre Dame researchers to make it a reality.


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Help commemorate SCOSA founding director
Dave Burdick's many contributions and
40-year Stockton career as he retires in

Festival Sessions:


  • Smart Devices, Apps, and AI (Dr. Helen Wei)
  • How old is your brain? Using EEG and MRI to estimate brain health (Dr. Jessica Fleck)
  • Multicultural Wheel of Wellness (Dr. Christine Gayda & Service Learning Students)
  • Baby Step into the Blue Zones (Peppy Margolis & Gina Maguire- multiple programs throughout the day) 
  • SILL: Health, Healing, & Spirituality
    (Dr. Guia Calicdan-Apostle)   
  • Chair Yoga
  • The 4M's of Age-Friendly Health Care
    (Dr. Dave Burdick and others)
  • Active Aging: A Physical Therapy Workshop for Maximizing Independence
  • Getting out Exploring: Things to Do and See in South Jersey
  • SILL: Teaching  to our Times (Dr. Richard Miller)

Performances & Displays:

  • Music by Pan Gravy
  • Miss Lois & the Silver Dancers
  • 'Powered by Connection' Contest Entries

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2024 Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Notre Dame Club of South Jersey

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Bronze Sponsors

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic

Preferred Care at Absecon

South Jersey Gas

UMC The Shores

Session Sponsors


Care Patrol

Home Instead

Visiting Angels Atlantic County

Additional Support Provided By

Frances Leonilda Acerra Christopher Memorial Fund

Teski-Burdick Gerontology Fund

Southern New Jersey Council on Issues of Aging Endowment Fund

2024 Exhibitors

2024 Marketplace:

The Bauble Nook- Dolores Ogara

Lois Allen

SCOSA Writers Bookshop (including Mary Blakeslee, Janet Bodoff,  Lucy Jerue, & Janet Reilly)

Tom Lubben- Author

Cathleen Engelsen Historical Paintings

South Jersey Culture & History Center

Stockton Maple Project

Mary Ann Trail, Author

2024 Advertisers

Gateway Community Action Partnership - Foster Grandparent Program

Health Center at Galloway

JBA Insurance

Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home

Journey Hospice

Murphy Writing of Stockton University

NJ Health Hospice and Palliative Care

Ocean Financial Associates

Partners in HomeCare Services LLC

BAYADA Home Health

Support Also Provided By

Atlantic County Area Agency on Aging(Older Americans Act Funds)


Past Festivals ...

2023 Successful Aging Festival

Tuesday May 23, 2023

SCOSA's Annual Successful Aging Festivl returned after three years of COVID-19 related cancellations. By many accounts, this was one of our best, with packed meeting rooms, enthusiastic exhibitors and approximately 300 guests. 

The Festival Theme coincided with the national Older Americans Month Theme: Aging Unbound, and "explored diverse aging experiences and discussed how communities can combat stereotypes" and promote flexible thinking about aging – and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included.

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    2019 Annual Successful Aging Festival

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2018 Annual Successful Aging Festival
May 17, 2018
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 

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