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Institute For Engaged Aging

Community Outreach


Health Coaches Hypertension Control

Clemson University Health Coaches Hypertension Control ProgramHealth Coaches for Hypertension Control (HCHC) was designated in 2018 by the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) as an evidence-based program making it eligible for funding through Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D funding and also through CDC 1815 funding.

HCHC consists of eight weekly sessions averaging 1.5 hours each which can be led by lay educators trained by Master Trainers. Master Trainers will learn how to train lay educators in adult learning theory, behavior change strategies, and hypertension self-management. The Master Training includes skill development in using a scripted manual, participant workbook, and posters for implementing the eight sessions.

An organization wishing to implement HCHC will sign a “License to Use” agreement and return it to Dr. Cheryl Dye, Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging ( Dr. Dye will then train organization representatives who have credentials in health education or healthcare and have experience working with older adults to be Master Trainers. Master Trainers will receive electronic versions of the training curriculum, scripted manual, participant notebooks, evaluation instruments, and posters which can then be used to train lay educators from local communities. The cost for the online training for Master Trainers is $950 per person. Arrangements can be made to provide on-site training for an additional fee of $1000 to cover the trainer’s travel time in addition to travel costs.  For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Dye at

Funding for Health Coaches for Hypertension Control was provided by:
Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Health Services Outreach Grant # D04RH12726
US Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Award #2012-46100-20122

IEA Brain Health Club

Clemson Brain Health Club IEA Brain Health Club (IEA BHC) is designed to meet the social and emotional needs of adults with dementia and their caregivers. It provides activities and socialization opportunities outside the home in a safe and caring setting for older adults with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. IEA BHC offers care partners personal time away during the day to rest and take care of personal concerns. In addition, resource information and dementia education may be provided.

Services Offered

For the Adult Participant with Early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia:

This program provides a safe, loving environment for the well-being of each participant. A variety of activities are designed to socially, creatively, intellectually, physically and spiritually stimulate the participants’ bodies and minds. Examples of some of these activities include group singing, arts and crafts, community service projects, reminiscing, exercise, games, puzzles, and socialization activities.

For the Caregiver:

This program provides respite (an interval of rest or relief) for the caregiver. It supports the efforts of the family to keep the loved one in the home. This program can also provide information regarding available community care and resources, Alzheimer’s information and caregiver education.

Hours, Days of Operation

IEA Brain Health Club will operate weekly on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 1-4 PM. Notification of closing on holidays or other times will be communicated to participants and caregivers in advance. For inclement weather, the program will contact caregivers by 11:00 am using the contact information provided if closing due to weather is necessary. The Program Director may be contacted for any questions as needed. Every effort will be made to alert participants of weather closings.

Admission Criteria

Admission into the program will be based on the initial interview with the director as well as the applicant’s ongoing ability to participate in a group setting. The following considerations are used when evaluating whether an applicant is capable of participation.

For more information about the Clemson IEA Brain Health Club, please contact Stacey Brodie - - 864-507-2254


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Fall Prevention

Matter of BalanceWant to see if you are at risk for falls?

Assess your risk now.

Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program that helps community-dwelling older adults reduce their fear of falling. It’s coming to a county near you soon! Please click here to let us know of your interest in signing up for Matter of Balance in your area (

You can help! We are currently recruiting Master Trainers and Coaches to deliver Matter of Balance classes in Pickens, Oconee, Laurens, Saluda, Greenwood, Abbeville, Fairfield, and Newberry counties in upstate South Carolina. Click here for more information about becoming a Master Trainer or a Coach.


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