Festival & Conferences

Stockton Center on Successful Aging

2019 Festival Date:  Thursday May 16, 2019

 Sponsor Prospectus Coming Soon

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

Thank you to everyone who made
this year's event a reality!

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

South Jersey Gas Company - Energy Efficiency Department

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


American Red Cross - Southern Shore

Angelic Palliative and Hospice Care

Ascend Hospice

Atlantic County Surrogate 

Bacharach Institute

Bayada Homecare

Brandywine Living at Brandall Estates

Bratton Scott Estate and Elder Care Attorneys

Care One

Caregivers of NJ/Family Resource Network

CarePatrol of South Jersey and Jersey Shore

CARING Adult Healthcare Services

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic

Depaul Healthcare: Woodview Estates & Absecon Manor

Ellen Farber Strategic Design - Interior Design for Seniors

Gilda's Club of South Jersey

Griswold Homecare

Hafetz and Associates

Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice

Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home

JFS of Middlesex County/Senior Medicare Patrol of NJ

Journey Hospice

Katz JCC

Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation

United Methodist Communities at the Shore

Seacrest Village

Seashore Gardens Without Walls

South Jersey Geriatric Care, PC

Stockton Healthy Brain Initiative

Touching Hearts at Home

Village By the Shore - JFS

Visiting Angels, Egg Harbor Township


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 Highlights

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.


Donna Butts
Executive Director, Generations United

Donna Butts

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 will be speaking 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, and received the Seabury Leadership Award in Aging in 2014.   For more about Donna, click here.

And Featuring Four Engaging Tracks ...

  Civic Engagement:

Midterms Already?
The 2018 Midterm Election
Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Navigating County Government
Amy Gatto, Freeholder At-Large
Interviewed by Michael Klein, Executive Director,
William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Beyond Voting: Connecting with Your Elected Officials
Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor of Political Science

   Educational Engagement:

Making Stockton an Age-Friendly University:
Life-Long Learning, Non-Traditional Students, Tuition-Free Courses,
Gateway Campus Opportunities
and More
Dave Burdick, Ph.D., SCOSA Director
and Christine Ferri, Ph.D., SCOSA Fellow

   Wellness Engagement:

Oh Yes, Let's Talk About Sex: Sexuality After 65
Dispelling Myths & Having Fun
Christine Gayda-Chelder, PhD, Assistant Professor
of Psychology, Gerontology Minor Coordinator
Service Chair, Stockton Center on Successful Aging
NJ Licensed Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist

Zumba Gold
Dyann Paoline, Certified Fitness Instructor

Bachata Dance Lesson
Kim Allen, La Palma Dance Studio

    Social Engagement:

Couples as Caregivers
Christine Miller, MSW, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in Atlantic County

What it Means to Me to "Engage at Every Age"
Carolyn Slade-Harden, Reigning Ms. Senior America

What Are You Doing for Others?
Volunteerism is Good for You!

Tina Serota, JFS Atlantic County


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