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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.

Faculty Spotlight

Marieke Van Puymbroeck

Marieke Van PuymbroeckParks, Recreation and Tourism Management professor Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., has a passion for recreational therapy. She’s also the president of American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and has been with the Institute for Engaged Aging since she moved to Clemson six years ago. During her on-campus interview, she spoke with the Director of IEA, Cheryl Dye, about working with the institute. And she eventually became a faculty associate. She said it’s been a perfect fit. Read More

Upcoming Events


Annual Ethics Day Faculty/Staff Forum and Reception

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Hendrix Student Center


Study Abroad 101

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Martin Hall


Study Abroad 101

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Martin Hall