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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.

In The News

Health Coaches Hypertension ControlThe population of people age 60 and older in South Carolina is projected to double from the level in 2000 to about 28% by 2030 according to South Carolina’s Plan on Aging. With this increase, there is a need for more services. The Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA) and its efforts to serve older adults through research and outreach was featured in a Greenville News series about the aging population in Upstate, South Carolina and the issues this population faces. Read the article here

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