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The Institute for Engaged Aging aims to discover, develop and disseminate best practices for engaged aging through research, education and community outreach. Institute initiatives will enable older adults to be engaged in family and community living regardless of their social, economic, or health status. Faculty Associates represent all colleges at Clemson University and also external agencies such as hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Research, educational programs and community outreach generated through the Institute are critical to meet the needs of a diverse older adult population in

the state and region as it experiences rapid growth due to the aging of indigenous citizens and the in-migration of retirees. Between 2000 and 2010, the elderly population increased by 30.2% in South Carolina, outpacing elderly population growth in the nation (10.7%) and the South (19.7%). Census estimates predict that the number of adults 65 and older is expected to double to almost 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2030 and, in South Carolina, the percentage will be even greater at 22 percent — which reflects its leading rate of growth of those over 65.

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Clemson developed hypertension control program designated an evidence-based program

Dr. Cheryl Dye is professor emerita in Clemson University’s Department of Public Health Sciences as well as the Director of Clemson’s Institute for Engaged Aging.The Administration on Aging, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has designated a hypertension control program developed by Clemson University faculty as an evidence-based program. The program, Health Coaches for Hypertension Control (HCHC), provides assistance to older adults with hypertension and helps lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Read More | Resources for Health Coaches

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