Center on Aging
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)- The American Geriatrics Society is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,700 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. Visit the AGS by going to www.americangeriatrics.org
Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP)- ADGAP has been committed to advancing academic geriatrics programsand supporting academic geriatrics program directors in order to benefit and aid patient care, research, and teaching programs in geriatric medicine within accredited medical schools located in the United States. ADGAP has built and fostered new methods of facilitating the development of leadership skills among academic geriatricians and has provided an ongoing forum for ProgramDirectors and leaders in academic geriatrics to discuss the wide variety of issues that they encounter. Go to www.americangeriatrics.org/adgap for additional information
SC Aging in Place Council- This is a non-profit organization advocating for people to prepare to remain in their residence---independently, comfortably and safely. Their current initiatives include Transportation, Education and Outreach. To see all that this council is involved in go to www.scaipc.org
Alzheimers Association- The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. They are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the estimated 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Visit this organization at www.alz.org/sc
Center on Economic Excellence (CoEE)- The S.C. Centers of Economic Excellence Program was established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2002, funded through South Carolina Education Lottery proceeds. The CoEE Program invests in talent and infrastructure at South Carolina's three research universities ( the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina and Clemson University) to drive economic development. It serves the public interest by creating incentives for the state's research universities, in cooperation with other institutions of higher education in the state, to raise capital from non-state sources to fund endowments for specialized research professorships. These professorships in turn serve as the nucleus for unique, university-based research centers which cultivate critical, public-private industrial partnerships, expand the state’s knowledge base, create well-paying jobs, and enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information go to www.sccoee.org.
Center on Economic Excellence: Senior Smart- The Senior Smart CoEE works to improve the lives of older adults by creating products,services, and conducting research to promote independence. Throughthe partnership of many organizations some of the toughest issues facingthe aging population are tackled. It is the first CoEE in the country tomobilize top academic experts in geriatric medicine, engineering, neuroscience, public health, and social work, along with industry leaders and community partners, to help senors live independently and safely. The Center’s work falls under three major themes: SHARP BRAIN (helping seniors maintain intellectual activity; SMART WHEELS (promoting independent mobility outside the home for seniors); and SMART HOME (helping seniors maintain independent mobility inside the home). The Director of Senior Smart is Dr. Paul Eleazer, MD, FACP, AGSF, who has served in numerous national positions and has an extensive background in geriatric medicine. He is presently the president of the Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs andchair of the National Fellowship Directors of Geriatrics. The Senior SmartTeam consists of experts from the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson University, GreenvilleHospital Systems and University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Currently,two endowed chairs have been approved (USC and Clemson), and expansion is planned to include MUSC in this consortium. Dr. Granholmfrom MUSC’s Center on Aging serves on the executive committee for Senior Smart. To learn more about this innovative partnership go to www.seniorsmart.org
SC Aging Research Network (SCARN)-This is a state wide group which includes all the Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) members and meets every two months. There are two appointed SCARN members from MUSC, University Hospital, University of South Carolina, Clemson, Palmetto Health, and Greenville Hospital System. SCARN has several funded research projects such as the Geriatric Education Center and Senior Smart as well as funding from the Duke Foundation/HSSC on stroke prevention and Vitamin D deficiency in older adults. SCARN hosts an annual Aging Research Day with attendance of basic, social, and clinical researchers from South Carolina and Georgia. Learn more at SCARN.org
Palmetto Geriatric Education Center (GEC)- The SC-GEC's aim is to develop, expand and deliver training and education to the range of professionals, faculty, and students who are active, or seeking to become active, in the fields of geriatriccare and gerontology. By offering training opportunities andresources through statewide collaborations, we aim to enhance the quality of life of older South Carolinians.They provide for faculty development in geriatric education, plan geriatric and gerontological education and training for health and social service students, deliver rural/ medically underserved community outreach programs for health providers, create a SC statewide certificate program in geriatrics and gerontology and develop strategies for sustainable programs. Approaches for this include community-academic partnerships, interdisciplinary team building, continuous quality improvement and distance learning technology.
SC Office on Aging- The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging works with a network of regional and local organizations, including MUSC’s Center on Aging, to develop and manage programs and services to improve the quality of life of South Carolina’s older citizens, and to help them remain independent in their homes and communities. The Office on Aging, www.aging.sc.gov, is the statewide leader for advocating, planning and developing resources in partnership with individuals and communities to meet the present and future needs of over 717,000 older South Carolinians and their caregivers; to develop and coordinate a comprehensive continuum of care system; and to promote education, research and training in the field of gerontology. The Office on Aging is also involved with the South Carolina Seniors’ Cube which is a nationally unique comprehensive and readily accessible statewide database of the senior population’s health care statistics. The database provides a quick search to examine the status of seniors’ healthcare for the purpose of researching senior health care issues for implementing cost effective strategies for maintaining the health and well- being of the senior population and for the evaluation of outcomes of program interventions. To find out more about this go to www.aging.sc.gov
Volunteers/Partners for the Senior Mentor Program
Bishop Gadsden- This life care retirement community has more than 450 residents and is located on James Island. Founded in 1850 through the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, Bishop Gadsden is the state's only non-profit, church sponsored life care retirement community. For more information go to www.bishopgadsden.org
Canterbury House- This is a nondenominational, nonprofit retirement community in downtown Charleston available to anyone 62 or older who meets annual income guidelines. For more information call 843-723-5553
Lowcountry Senior Center- The mission of the center is to promote wellness of older adults through recreational, educational and social opportunities, as well as serve as a referral source for services available within the Lowcountry area. Activities and programming of the center emphasize creating and maintaining independence in all phases of life. For more information go to www.ropersaintfrancis.com/seniorcenter
Other volunteers for the Senior Mentor Program include seniors from Franke Homes at Seaside (www.frankeatseaside.org), Somerby of Mount Pleasant (somerbyofmtpleasant.com), and Sandpiper Village (www.premierseniorliving.com)