Senior Life Center

The Senior Life Center is designed for individuals over 50 who are looking for intellectual stimulation, an opportunity to expand their horizons and who want to be part of a life-long learning community.

The Senior Life Center at SCCC is a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the College.


Please contact the Division of Senior Services to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or email

Upcoming Classes

Come to campus and unravel the mysteries of 21st Century technology.  These hands on workshops are taught by tech savvy SCCC students who volunteer to teach as a community service.  Register to attend as many sessions as you need.  Attend one, two or all three sessions for reinforcement.

Tech Talk #1: How to Improve Your Use of Smart Phone Functions
Session 1: Friday, September 14, 2018
Session 2: Friday, October 5, 2018
Session 3: Friday, November 2, 2018

Tech Talk #2:  Managing Email Basics. 
If you don’t have an email yet the instructor can help you.
Session 1:  Friday, September 21, 2018
Session 2:  Friday, October 12, 2018
Session 3:  Friday, November 9, 2018

Tech Talk #3: Finding Popular Websites and Internet Safety.
Session 1:  Friday, September 28, 2018
Session 2:  Friday, October 19, 2018
Session 3:  Friday, November 16, 2018

Time:  All sessions begin at 10 a.m. and end 11:30 a.m.
: Library Building Room L-121 (All Sessions)
Fee: All Sessions are Free 
Registration: Call 973-580-0555 for information and to register. Seating is limited.

Come to campus to practice your computer skills in one of the College’s Open Labs staffed with tech savvy student assistants.

Date: Monday & Wednesdays during the Fall 2018 Semester. The semester begins September 4, 2018 and ends December 21, 2018.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Library Building Room L121
Fee: Free
Registration: No registration necessary. Just walk in and start practicing your technology skills.

The Senior Life Center’s new partner, The Center for Prevention and Counseling, will be hosting the WISE program at the Center this semester. The Wellness Initiative for Senior Education program, known by its abbreviation, WISE, celebrates healthy aging and educates adults over 55 years old on a wide variety of topics geared to assist participants in designing your healthiest life.

Workshop topics include alternative approaches to pain management, safe use of medications, how to communicate with your healthcare provider and how to make healthy lifestyle choices. WISE empowers participants to become more aware of how they can take control of their health and wellness.  It also provides participants with an opportunity to socialize and connect with services available to them in their community. Guest speakers will visit the sessions.

A complimentary lunch (catered by Dominick’s of Newton) will be provided at each session and a gift card incentive is provided to those participants that attend at least 5 out of 6 WISE sessions.

Funding is provided through the Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in an effort to address alternative approaches to pain management among other adults.

Instruction: Center for Prevention & Counseling
Date: Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7 &14, 2018.
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center, Room A227/228
Fee: Free with Gift Card and lunch provided
Registration:  Registration is required.  Please contact Michelle Bove from the Center for Prevention and Counseling at 973-383-4787 ex.231 or

“Love Gilda” Film Showing at Senior Life Center with Saturday Night Live producer on Panel

The Senior Life Center’s new partner, The Karen Ann Quinlan Center, is bringing the documentary film, “Love Gilda” to SCCC. The film offers a comedic celebration of beloved Saturday Night Live actress Gilda Radner. Released in theaters and on demand this Autumn, the film will be screened at the College's Senior Life Center followed by a panel discussion led by staff members from the Karen Ann Quinlan Center and the film’s director and co-producers. One of the producers, Alan Zweibel, has a personal connection to the Quinlan Bereavement Center.

Zweibel, is one of the original writers from Saturday Night Live, PBS’Great Performances and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Zweibel’s list of accomplishments include: 5 Emmy Awards; 2 Writers Guild of America Awards; Television Critics of America Award; Thurber Prize for American Humor; Tony Award – with Billy Crystal for 700 Sundays; Writers Guild of America East, Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary PhD from the State University of New York.

The documentary’s topic is a universal theme, but should be of particular interest to performing arts students, nursing students, law students, and writers.  Anyone who grew up during the golden years of Saturday Night Live should gain valuable insight from the screening. All ages and the greater College are invited to this multi-generational learning event.

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Location: Performing Arts Center Theater
Time: 6:30 p.m. doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, but registration required, call 973-383-0115 ext. 145 or visit the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice website to reserve your seat.

Author Offers Russian Perspective Through Historical Novel

The author will offer insights into the World War II era from the Russian perspective.  Ms. Cramer’s novel deals with the still timely topic regarding the plight of refugees, the life-changing consequences of immigration, the elusive yet undeniable force of the human spirit.

Roads is the story of a Russian family struggling to survive the Nazi occupation of their native Yalta towards the end of World War II.  It follows their experiences through German labor camps and the bombing of Dresden; tells how they lose one another and manage, through refugee networks and pure chance, to reunite, their lives irretrievably changed.

Here are some endorsements the book has received: “Riveting, heartbreaking, and beautifully written, Roads takes us deep into the black heart of Nazi Germany, finding not only horror and despair but a stubborn and tenacious hope and a kind of clarity about what it means to be human.” –Christina Baker Kline, NY Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

“Close third-person narration and a clear, chronological timeline transport the reader into story.  Style derives not from emotionally-charged prose but from elegant syntax and precise word choice.  Historical and psychological research clearly informs this tale, but author Marina Antropow Cramer remains in the shadows, never revealing her hand.  Highly recommended.” – Rebecca Kightlinger, Historical Novel Society Review

Refreshments will be served. The author will be available for book signings.

Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Atrium in the Performing Arts Center
Fee: Free
Registration: No registration required.

We’re celebrating the wonderful work done by the County’s Senior Services Division Plus the 3rd Anniversary of the active partnership between the College and the Division.

Please join us for a buffet lunch in the beautiful Performing Arts Atrium followed by a musical performance in the Theater.

You will have an opportunity to meet Senior Services Division and Senior Life Center staff and learn about the many programs and services that are available to Sussex County seniors through the Division of Senior Services, the College and the Senior Life Center.

Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Location: Atrium, SCCC Performing Arts Center
Buffet Lunch: Open Seating by reservation
: Noon to 1:45 p.m.
Entertainment: Dr. Debbie Giannuzzi, SCCC Music Professor, will be performing on the piano at 2 p.m.
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 for information and to reserve your place. Seating is limited and reservations are required for lunch.

Drama Geeks Offering Theater Opportunities at Sussex

For further information contact Drama Geeks at their website:
The musical Young Frankenstein is scheduled November 2, 3, 4 and November 9, 10, 11 2018.

The Sussex County Oratorio Society welcomes seniors who want to sing. Joe Picarello is the conductor for the Society and he teaches voice and choir for SCCC.

The group performs two concerts a year, one in early January and one in early May.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at Christ Church, 62 Main St, Newton from 7:45 to 9:45 PM.

They hold voice placement for new members the first two rehearsals each semester. This year that will be September 10 and 17 and January 14 and 21. Voice placement starts ½ hour early at 7:15 p.m. The Society looks forward to seeing new members in September. Please confirm all information with Joe Picarello as the Society is not affiliated with SCCC. This is a courtesy announcement for the Society as it welcomes our community’s seniors.