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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.


Bohn Pix


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


Other Sessions

  • Public Q&A: Atlantic County Area Agency on Aging's 2025-2027 Area Plan of Aging Services

Printable Save the Date Flyer


Event is Free, Registration is not required. However, to receive a free lunch you must Click Here to select/reserve your free lunch by May 3rd.  Or bring your own, visit the food court on the Campus Center ground floor, or support our local restaurants.

Links for 2024 Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertisers:

Links for 2024 Marketplace Vendors:

2024 Sponsors

Platinum & Gold Sponsors

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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

Marea Teski Gerontology Fund

Southern New Jersey Council on Issues of Aging Endowment Fund

Stockton University Retiree Association

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

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, 10am - 2pm

Stockton University Campus Center

SCOSA's Annual Successful Aging Festival returned after threeOlder American's Month Logo for 2023

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. 

Thanks to everyone who assisted, sponsored, exhibited, presented or attended and congratulations to the Aging Unbound Award Winners.

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

Support & Donations

Please scroll down for listing of 2023 Supporters

Keynote Presenter & Panel:

The festival keynote presentation titled "Vibrant Villages Barbara Hughes Sullivan Empowering Communities" was presented by Barbara Hughes Sullivan, National Director of the Village to Village Network. Barbara was joined by Kathy Kuzma, representing the North Jersey Village, and Tina Serota, representing Village By the Shore.


Performance of "The First Street Liar's Club" by  Players & Playwrights by the Jersey Shore

GetFit for Seniors

Smart Phones: Unbound Benefits

Mindset Matters: The Role of Grit & Growth Mindsets in Successful Aging

Cooking Up Your Personal Recipe for Successful Aging

Tap Dancing Performance (Ms. Lois Allen & The Silver Tappers)

Stockton University Retiree Association Breakfast

Musical Performances:   Pan Gravy

'Aging Unbound' Contest Entries/Winners Exhibits

Public Hearing: Atlantic County Area Agency on Aging

2023 Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertisers


Silver Sponsors

New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well (NJAAW)

Stockton University Office of Human Resources

Village to Village Network

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Bronze Sponsors

Comfort Keepers

Complete Care Linwood

Fox Rehab

Preferred Care at Absecon

South Jersey Gas

United Methodist Communities- The Shores

Session Sponsors

Bayada Home Health Care

Journey Hospice

Partners in HomeCare Services LLC

Spring Home at Galloway

Additional Support Provided By

Frances Leonilda Acerra Christopher Memorial Fund

Marea Teski Gerontology Fund

Southern New Jersey Council on Issues of Aging Endowment Fund

Stockton University Retiree Association

2023 Exhibitors

2023 Marketplace:

Rabbi Ilene Schneider

Pinelands Adventures

Pine Barrens Post

2023 Advertisers

AlternaHealth Plex/Vital Integrated Therapy & Wellness (1/8 page)

Bayada Home Health Care (1/2 page)

JBA Insurance (1/4 page)

Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home (1/4 page)

Life Force Senior Care (1/4 Page)

Partners in HomeCare Services LLC (Full page)

Ruffin Medical Group (1/4 page)

Visiting Angels Atlantic County (1/4 page)

Support Also Provided By

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

Ocean County Commissioners




2019 Annual Successful Aging Festival

Click Here for Story about Festival

Click Here for Festival Photos

Click Here for Additional Exhibit Hall Photos

Click Here for Photos from the MSOT Student Displays

Click Here for Full Program Booklet

CLICK HERE for 2019 Press Release

Click Here for Pre-Festival Story in Press of AC story by Claire Lowe

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