The Stockton Center on Successful Aging

SCOSA Mission and Vision

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging promotes research, education, and services to nurture body, mind and spirit of New Jersey's growing population of older adults.  SCOSA responds to local, regional, and statewide needs and opportunities related to population aging. We seek to encourage older residents to “age successfully” through vital involvements and engagement in their community. 

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Program Changes, Event Cancellations:

  No current changes.

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COVID-19:

SCOSA's programs are mostly being offered online via Zoom until further notice. SCOSA adheres to Stockton procedures for this evolving public health situation. CLICK HERE for the latest from Stockton.  Older adults or people at risk of serious illness are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines (CLICK HERE). The main CDC COVID-19 site (CLICK HERE) provides useful information for everyone.

Introducing ...Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning

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April, 2021 Program:

Reading Poems: Celebrating Spring and the Natural World 

Nancy Reddy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Writing and First-year Studies 

April 7, 14, 21 & 28, Wednesdays 3 - 4 pm  

Click here for step-by-step instructions about registering for a course.

In this course, held in April for National Poetry Month, we’ll read poems about the natural world. After a tough 2020 and another winter of the pandemic, we’ll explore how poems can bring joy and wonder into our lives. We’ll read a range of contemporary poems, and the course will provide multiple entry points to reading and understanding poems. Whether you’re already an engaged poetry reader, or if you’re looking to explore something new, this course will have something for you.


Age-Friendly University Global Network Logo

Stockton University joined the Age Friendly University Network and has endorsed the Network's Ten Principles. (December, 2018)

Help us assess Stockton's Age-Friendliness by taking a 15 minute survey. Your input will help us showcase what the university does well for students, staff, retirees and guests of all ages, and lay the groundwork for necessary improvements.  Tell us now by clicking here AFU Survey.

Learn more about Stockton and the AFU ...

Click Here to learn more about the Global Network from the Gerontological Society of America.

Click Here for Stockton Faculty Senate AFU Endorsement.

Click Here for Press Release announcing Stockton's admission to the network.

Learn more about the Age-Friendly Communities initiative by watching Aging Insights #113: Policies and Perspectives on Age-Friendly Communities (March, 2021, 30 minutes.


Anti-Fraud and Scam Resources

Older adults are particularly at risk of frauds and scams of many kinds and the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 has worsened the situation.   See this 3/30/20 blog titled "60 and over in the time of COVID-19?" from the Federal Trade Commission. The AARP provides lots of helpful guidance, including a searchable Scam Tracking Map and a toll-free hotline (1-877-908-3360). The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has a toll-free hotline (1-855-303-9470) to help older adults who suspect fraud or a scam may be occurring. The hotline will make it easier for older Americans to report suspected fraud and find assistance for themselves or for someone they know. A team of investigators will help figure out what steps to take to combat possible investment scams, identity theft, bogus sweepstakes and lottery schemes, Medicare and Social Security fraud, and a variety of other consumer issues.  Anyone with information about suspected fraud should reach out to an investigator by telephone (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST) or through a web form that will send an email to the investigative team.

Stockton TV Channel 9 SCOSA Sponsored Programming:

           CMS and You                                                                 Aging Insights

  • April 2021               Telehealth
  • March 2021            COVID-19 Vaccine                                               Pandemic Updates: One Year Later (#114)
  • February 2021        Recreational Therapy                                                         Age-Friendly Communities (#113)
  • January 2021         Tobacco and E-Cig Use                                                   New Year, New Possibilities (#112)
  • December 2020     Using Your Coverage                            Tech. Solutions: Isolation &  Transportation (#111)
  • November 2020     Flu Season                                                                      COVID-19: Now What? Part 2 (#110)
  • October 2020         Medicare Open Enrollment                                           COVID-19: Now What? Part 1 (#109)
  • September 2020    Maternal Health                             Expert Guidance for Medicare Open Enrollment (#108)
  • August 2020           Medicare and Hospitals                                                  Conversations on Your Live (#107)
  • July 2020                Emergency Preparedness                                                                Learning Together (#106)
  • June 2020               LGBTQ Health                                                   Gambling to Escape: Know the Risks (#105)
  • May 2020                Women's Health                      Special Edition Doctor's Share Advise on COVID-19 (#104)
  • April 2020               Vision Health                                                                                 Census 2020 Encore (#103)
  • March 2020            Fraud, Waste, and Abuse                                  Affordable and Accessible Housing (#102)
  • February 2020       Census 2020                                                 In Money Matters When Memory Fades (#101)
  • January 2020        Using Your Coverage                                            Looking Back and Moving Forward (#100)

 TIMES/DAYS      M-5:30pm, T-9:30am, W-5:30pm, R-9:30am, F-6pm    M-11:30am, T-5:30pm, W-11:30am,                                                                                                                                           R-5:30pm, F-11:30am

These informative programs, offered respectively by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well, change mid-month, and offer useful and informative information for older adults on a variety of topics such as choosing the right health care provider, dealing with dementia, and staying active in the retirement years. Click Here to view archived episodes of Aging Insights on your electronic device (computer, tablet, smartphone).

Business and organizations wishing to place brief (10-20 second) underwriting spots to raise awareness about their services among viewers should contact the SCOSA Director for details.

For Stockton Retirees:  Are you a retired employee of Stockton? If so, the university has compiled a variety of resources and services that you may find of interest. And, there is also an official organization called SURA (Stockton University Retirees Association) that you can join. SCOSA assisted in the formation of SURA and continues to be represented on its Advisory Board.  Click Here for more information on retiree benefits and to learn about and join SURA.


Financial Support for SCOSA

Click here to donate to SCOSA's Revenue Account through Stockton's secure payment portal. (*This is not a tax-deductible donation).

Help us to grow by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Teski Gerontology Fund. Your donation will support various SCOSA and Gerontology program activities. Named in honor of Professor Marea Teski, founder of Stockton’s Gerontology Program, the fund is a lasting tribute to this early visionary and driving force in the program. Make checks to “Teski Gerontology Fund” and send to SCOSA/SOBL, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441.

To discuss other ways of supporting SCOSA, please contact us at (609) 652-4311.

SCOSA encourages fragrance-free environments in all of our programming.
Chemical fragrances in many personal care, household and institutional cleaning products can cause severe reactions for some individuals and can be harmful to everyone in less apparent ways.