Festival & Conferences


Save the Date:

Annual Successful Aging Festival

Wednesday May 15, 2024
Stockton University Campus Center

Detalis to Follow ... Help us commemorate the contributions and career of Dave Burdick, our founding director who will retire in June 2024.

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.

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              NJAAW LOGO


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