NEW JERSEY: SCAN is an acronym for Social Community Activities Network. SCAN enhances the quality of life for all adults age 50+ in Monmouth and Ocean Counties through socialization, education, technology, and assistance with community resources.
February's first snowstorm didn't slow SCAN participants down! It was an "Ain’t No Stopping Us Now!" day as the seniors continued to learn during the February 1st snowstorm with online classes.
SCAN, a nonprofit located at the Monmouth Mall since 1988, has been actively serving the senior community with onsite educational, physical and social activities. When the pandemic hit, SCAN adjusted and went virtual in March 2020, and keeps moving forward!
So, what used to be cancelled classes due to snowstorms is now a "let's get busy online day!"
“In the past, classes would have to be canceled, but now that our classes are held online, it was business as usual,” said Marybeth Kwapniewski, SCAN Program Coordinator. Monday’s class line-up started with The Art & Fun of Acting & Improv taught by David J.V. Meenan, a professional actor and coach. Pictured is David with his students who titled their photo “There’s No Business Like Snow Business.” “They are a fun and creative bunch,” said Kwapniewski.
The students commented that taking class from home in a snowstorm was fantastic. Grace said, “It was easy getting to class; just turn on the computer.” Jeanne and Renee each commented, “It was great to stay warm and dry and stay in my pajamas and act!” Monday’s classes also included TaiChi Easy, Beginner Spanish and Conversational Italian. As much as we all have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, on a positive note, it also pushed SCAN to go virtual, which is something they had always considered. SCAN’s mission is to fight isolation by keeping the senior community active, healthy and engaged, so SCAN did the next best thing and started to hold classes and virtual events using Zoom. Nothing replaces physical contact, but conducting classes online allowed SCAN Members to still see each other and keep up with their exercise, music, art and foreign language classes.
Although SCAN serves Monmouth and Ocean Counties, we have also made new friends from other counties in New Jersey, as well as from Florida, Texas, New Hampshire and Vermont. For example, SCAN has 2 sisters, one in NJ and one in Texas taking a Chair Yoga class together twice a week. “It truly makes me happy and proud that SCAN has been warmly welcomed into so many homes,” commented Kwapniewski.
For more information about SCAN and how you or a loved one can participate, click here.