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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.


Awarded IEA Grant Funding

Dr. Ye Luo, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal JusticeDr. Ye Luo, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and Dr. Lingling Zhang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, have been awarded IEA funding for their project, “Neighborhood Environment and Cognitive Decline among Older Adults in China: Evidence from China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS)”.  They plan to conduct their research between June 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 and will then use pilot project findings to apply for a National Institute of Health R03 Grant.  Congratulations to Dr. Luo and Dr. Zhang and best wishes for a successful submission to NIH!

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