Locations served: Monmouth and Ocean Counties, NJ
Program Type: SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) is a non-profit adult social education and resource center founded in 1988 and conveniently located in the Monmouth Mall and our satellite location in Freehold Borough. The name reflects the action-oriented profile of its members and the vibrancy and social networking strength of the organization. The main draw of membership, which is open to anyone aged 50 and over, is the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends and be proactive in staying healthier.
General Description: SCAN is a membership organization with over 1000 members. Although we have a small staff, we have a large impact on the Community. SCAN provides a wide variety of programs at our hub facility in Eatontown, NJ. Three semesters of classes, some of which charge a fee, are held each year, covering a wide variety of subjects including Art, Music, Computers & Technology, Finance, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Languages, Literature and Safety. In our fully outfitted TV studio, we also film three TV programs on a regular basis that are shown on local cable TV outlets and YouTube.
SCAN has also recently expanded our outreach into local communities by implementing our "SCAN on Wheels" program. Through SCAN on Wheels we now provide recreational, educational and social activities at our satellite location in Freehold, NJ and at other easily accessible locations throughout the area. One keynote program is SCAN's Successful Aging and Technology (SA&T) Program. This project is a partnership between SCAN and the Affordable Housing Alliance and is designed to use interactive technology to help selected applicants connect online and encourage ongoing and positive engagement in life. Participants are taught how to use tablet computers to get online and become engaged. Limited income participants are given free tablets. Other participants already own tablets but aren't sure how to use them. All participants also attend classes to learn to make and maintain meaningful changes in health behaviors, financial well-being and enrichment in later life. Coaching is provided to all.
Another new initiative at SCAN has been our Senior Intern program by which we bring qualified individuals on board to serve as Interns (as in the recent movie The Intern). This program allows us to take advantage of the background and experience of active adults who are interested in sharing their experiences and help SCAN do its business better.
Other notable programs include quarterly General Information meetings, twice yearly Brain Health Fairs, Take Control of Your Health Fairs, evidence-based workshops in subjects such as A Matter of Balance, Take Control of Your Health, Diabetes Self Management Program, Cancer: Survive and Thrive, as well as numerous other special events throughout the year.
We are fortunate to have many community partners include the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Offices on Aging, Affordable Housing Alliance, Community Services, Inc., the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the YMCA of Western Monmouth, and many other local care providers. We are also fortunate to have many corporate sponsors including Monmouth Mall, Barnabas Health - Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey Natural Gas, Investors Bank, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, HealthSouth Rehabilitaton, Seabrook and Comfort Keepers.
"I have been in the field of aging for 40 years. For the first 15 years I was in direct service. During the last 25 years I have been consulting with nonprofits and government agencies. In the past 4 years I have had the pleasure of working with SCAN, giving me the ability to practice what I have been preaching to clients, particularly in the field of aging."
SCAN (Social Community Activities Network)