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SCARN logoIn the next 20 years, the number of Americans age 65 or older is expected to top 71 million, more than double what the senior population was in 2000. It is estimated that in 2030 about 20% of Americans will be over the age of 65 years and that percentage will be even higher for South Carolina at 22%. Finding ways to help them stay healthy as they age is a growing challenge. Led by the University of South Carolina, in partnership with Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging, SeniorSMART involves a cross-disciplinary team of individuals passionately working on groundbreaking research, products and services to improve the lives of older adults and preserve their independence.

A state-designated Center of Economic Excellence, SeniorSMART focuses on three key areas: SMARTHome, SMARTBrain, and SMARTLife.

SMARTHome connects researchers in social work, medicine and engineering with the goal of enabling older adults to stay in their own homes longer through the use of new technologies and community services. This Endowed Chair has an academic home in the School of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.

SmartState logoSMARTBrain promotes brain health through research and activities while working to prevent cognitive decline and the effects of brain diseases, including Alzheimer's and stroke. The academic home for this Endowed Chair is in the USC School of Medicine.

The SMARTLife Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition will be a Psychologist with a research focus on cognitive issues.  Some of the specific research domains may include (but not limited to): learning/skill acquisition, memory, problem solving, decision making, transportation safety, accidents/falls, community/home care, retirement, and rural issues.  The SMARTLife Endowed Chair’s academic home will be with the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA) and the Department of Psychology.  The Chair will work closely with clinicians and researchers in Prisma Health.