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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.

Reducing Falls

Clemson researchers, students offering fall prevention program in Upstate

reduce the fall risk of individuals 55 years and olderA team of Clemson University researchers and students are working to reduce the fall risk of individuals 55 years and older in Oconee County. Cheryl Dye, director of the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA), Marieke Van Puymbroeck, a professor of recreational therapy in the parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM) department, and Karen Kemper, a public health sciences professor, along with their students Em Adams, a doctoral student in PRTM, and Sophia Nance, an honors student in public health sciences, offer a fall prevention program on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Senior Solutions Senior Center in Seneca. Read More

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