Service Initiatives

SCOSA Service activities seek to leverage the major resources that Stockton can offer as a community partner through our faculty expertise and service learning students, and through other student initiatives, clubs, and organizations.

SCOSA fully embraces Stockton University's vision as “an environmentally-responsible learning community of engaged citizens embracing a global perspective." Working with students, faculty, and community partners and stakeholders we have organized and presented programs in each of the college’s four strategic themes: Learning, Engagement, Global Perspectives and Sustainability (LEGS). We strive to encourage older adults to age successfully through vital involvements in their communities.

Christine Gayda-Chelder

Christine Gayda-Chelder, Ph.D.
SCOSA Service Chair

A Brief Selected List of Aging Resources

AARP: Create The Good
New website offers tools for getting involved in your community. Learn more at www.createthegood.org.

Alzheimer's Association
Questions about Dementia? There is a wealth of information on the web site of the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.

Gray Is Green
Gray is Green is a project of the National Senior Conservation Corps, sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the nation's most effective environmental action group. Learn more at www.NRDC.org.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
An organization devoted to improving the lives of older Americans. Find out more at www.ncoa.org.

Other Useful Links:

Arthritis Relief
NPR Radio Program on "People's Pharmacy":  Alleviating Arthritis. 
US CDC Report and Toolkit for health campaign: "Physical Activity: The Arthritis Pain Reliever".

"Make the Call. Don't Miss the Beat!"
This campaign educates women aged 50+ on heart attacks. It states that a woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Yet only half would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack, and few know the most common symptoms. The campaign, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health, outlines symptoms and what to do.  http://www.womenshealth.gov/heartattack

Partnership for Health in Aging
A document on Multidisciplinary Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-level Health Professional Degree. To learn more, click here.


Healthy Aging in New Jersey
New Jersey created the "New Jersey Blueprint for Healthy Aging" as an informative tool for all New Jersey residents.


Caregiver's Support
 www.videocaregiving.org
ITerra Nova Film's free video website focuses on the needs of family caregivers! With excerpts from over 20 videos, it shows real people in real circumstances that offer practical solutions for other caregivers who may be dealing with some of the same concerns or experiences. The topics include Home Care Basics, Emotions and Alzheimer's, Driving and Dementia, and Falls. 

CaringBridge
Caring Bridge is a resource for anyone facing any health condition: big or small, acute or long term, available for as long as needed! Start a site for someone today so they can share their story and stay connected.

 

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