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Upcoming Events: 

Bridges of End-of-Life Candlelight Memorial Ceremony

November 19, 2017
Hampton Park Lake, Charleston

For nearly thirty years, Bridges has provided an opportunity for those with heavy hearts to do something all too rare and yet so essential; to publicly acknowledge and mourn our losses and journey together toward healing. And this year’s ceremony has some new features that we hope will enhance the experience for everyone.

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2nd Annual Holiday Harvest Gala Presented by the Lowcountry Senior Network

November 30, 2017
Cooper River Room, Mt. Pleasant

Lowcountry Senior Network members, friends, and the community will gather to celebrate Charleston Area Senior Citizens and the Meals on Wheels Program at the Cooper River Room, located within Mt. Pleasant’s picturesque Memorial Waterfront Park. Last year this event raised $9,000 to benefit Meals on Wheels of Charleston and those local residents currently on the waiting list to receive services.  

For information on tickets or becoming a sponsor contact: Kelly Franklin at


In The News:

The Post and Courier: First village geared toward the aging goes live at I'On in Mount Pleasant

Catalyst: MUSC Center on Aging Senior Expo One-Stop Shop!

Dr. Boger discusses the MUSC Senior Mentor Program with Bobbi Conner on Health Focus (SC Public Radio)

Dr. Boger speaks about Healthy Aging with Bobbi Conner on Health Focus (SC Public Radio)

Dr. Boger talks about the Senior Mentor Program with Rebecca Imholtz on Let's Talk Boomers

Brain aging accelerated by 10 years with midlife overweight, obesity

People 90+ Tell Med Students What They Need From Doctors

Progress Notes Fall 2015: BETA TESTING Down Syndrome study may reveal an early biomarker of Alzheimer's disease

Archived Events:

7th Annual Respite Care Charleston Moments on Canvas

October 26, 2017 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Charleston Yacht Club

This event is a tribute to the creative spirit that survives in spite of the many losses experienced with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The artwork will be created throughout the year by the participants who attend Respite Care Charleston’s social day programs. Your support through participation in this event helps RCC achieve its mission of providing social day programs to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, as well as caregiver support groups for their families who love and care for them.

Contact Jennifer Hartig for more information: 843-647-7405 or

SCTR Scientific Retreat on 'Aging Related Research'

Ocober 20, 2017
MUSC Bioengineering Building Auditorium

Our goal was to advance aging related research in the state by creating an opportunity for researchers to share their current findings, research problems, solutions and opportunities to stimulate new interdisciplinary research collaborations. We specially encouraged discussion of specific research questions for which you seek collaborations. Presenters shared research and students/trainees delivered 3 minute Data Blitz talks. Attendees had an opportunity to apply for pilot funds to support new collaborations focused on diseases of aging and other aging related topics.

Keynote Speaker: 
James L. Kirkland, MD. PhD., Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Kirkland investigates the impact of cellular aging (senescence) on age-related dysfunction and chronic diseases, and methods to counter-act these effects.

Keynote Address: "Cellular Senescence, Senolytics, Chronic Disease, and Aging"


Villages Celebration with Webcast by Dr. Atul Gawande

September 25, 2017
MUSC Drug Discovery Building Auditorium

Senior Resource Summit

September 23, 2017 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Mt. Pleasant Senior Center

What Seniors, Families & Caregivers need to know...Planning for Now and the Future

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Walk to End Alzheimer's 

September 16, 2017
Riverfront Park, North Charleston


Aging Gracefully Conference

July 28, 2017 (8:15 am - 3:15 pm)
Trident Technical College

Presented by the South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill, South Carolina Medical Association, Roper St. Francis and All About Seniors, the Aging Gracefully conference is dedicated to bringing information regarding the various issues faced by the aging adult through education and preparation.

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Franke at Seaside Dementia Symposium

May 16, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:15 pm)
Franke at Seaside, Mt. Pleasant

MUSC Center on Aging faculty presented on various topics related to dementia, including ongoing research, nutrition, imaging technology and yogic breathing techniques. Free and open to patients, caregivers, social workers, and healthcare professionals. Read more about the event in the Summer edition of the Center on Aging Newsletter!



What Matters Most: A Creative Arts Festival Exploring Living Fully and Dying Well

April 23, 2017 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Waterfront Park, Mt. Pleasant

The Center on Aging sponsored this event for some “serious fun” featuring live performances by a singer-songwriter, poet, & professional storyteller as well as art exhibits, pet therapy dogs, creative & fun hands-on activities & games, food trucks & more. So, you probably have a good sense of “living fully,” but what is “dying well” you might ask? Well, while it may sound surprising, it is a gift – one that you give yourself and those you love.

The basics are simple – reflecting on your values, wishes & fears, talking with family & friends, getting things in order, and grieving fully in ways that honor the memories of those who’ve died. And here’s the best part, learning about dying well is really about making time to live fully – it’s about focusing our “one wild & precious life” on what matters most in whatever phase of life you may find yourself.

We know that the arts are a wonderful, safe, even fun, way to approach what can be difficult topics. So, this festival was for everyone – whether 25 or 45 or 75; whether you are a healthcare professional or a family caregiver; whether planning way ahead or in need of some timely support.

13th Annual Aging Research Day

April 7, 2017 (7:30 am - 5:30 pm)
Hilton Columbia Center Hotel

Each year SCARN partners with a university to host the Annual Aging Research Day, a state-wide research conference focused on aging-related issues. This year, USC hosted the 13th Annual Aging Research Day on April 7, 2017 at the Hilton Columbia Center in downtown Columbia. The conference attracted researchers, practitioners, students, and older community members to learn about topics related to the theme, “Health and Technology Supports for Aging-in-Place.”

13th Annual Respite Care Charleston Golf Tournament

April 3, 2017 (11:00 am - 7:00 pm)
Seabrook Island

A fun-filled day in support of Respite Care Charleston, a local non-profit providing support and services for families affected by Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

Center on Aging Senior Expo

March 23, 2017 (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Omar Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant

Free health screenings for seniors, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness programs, vendors, health and safety resources, etc.  Free admission!  Watch the 2017 Recap video.


Symposium: "Living with Parkinson's disease"

March 11, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Charleston Marriott Hotel 

A symposium for patients and families living with Parkinson’s Disease. Educational sessions were led by members of the MUSC Health Movement Disorders Program team and invited guest speakers.

Alzheimer's Speaker Series Panel of Experts

February 18, 2017 (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Franke at Seaside, Mt. Pleasant

Dr. Boger joined a panel of experts to take questions from families affected by dementia. 

BeWell Health Fair

January 27, 2017 (9 am - 12 pm)
Franke at Seaside, Mt. Pleasant

The National Aging in Place Council Annual Meeting

December 1- 2, 2016
Baruch Auditorium at MUSC

As an active member of NAIPC, the Center on Aging was pleased to be able to host the 2016 Annual Meeting on campus at the historic Baruch Auditorium. Thursday, December 1st the conference commenced with a council of chapters meeting to include all of the NAIPC chapters represented from across the country. This was followed by a chapter roundtable, networking, discussion on collaborating with other organizations and a presentation by the Charleston Chapter on local programs and initiatives. The schedule for day 2 comprised of the ACT III Road Show that featured five panels to discuss issues of housing, personal finance, transportation, health and wellness, and social engagement, including how these areas pertain to successfully aging in place.

The Lowcountry Senior Netowork Holiday Harvest Gala

December 1, 2016
Cooper River Room, Mt. Pleasant

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 Lowcountry Senior Network members, friends, and the community gathered to celebrate Charleston Area Senior Citizens and the Meals on Wheels Program at the Cooper River Room, located within Mt. Pleasant’s picturesque Memorial Waterfront Park. Together, this first year’s event raised $9,000 to benefit Meals on Wheels of Charleston and those local residents currently on the waiting list to receive services.

Senior Mentor Program Orientation Luncheon

October 31, 2016
Citadel Alumni Center, Charleston

National Aging in Place Council's "Gifts of Aging"

October 25, 2016
Founder's Hall, Charleston

NAIPC held The Gifts of Aging Celebration, honoring individuals who are being recognized as community role models. These honorees are leading the way and showing all of us the ways to age successfully! Each honoree was nominated by an organization or individual that participates in NAIPC. They have been nominated based on the following criteria: continuing to learn, getting satisfaction from life, service to others, resilience, and other notable qualities. The Center on Aging was pleased to honor Margaret Eargle, who has volunteered for the MUSC Senior Mentor Program for nearly a decade and has graduated a record number of medical students. She has been a valuable advocate of the program in the community and was named 2012 Mentor of the Year. Ms. Eargle’s encouraging attitude and enthusiasm for life are contagious to all around her. In her own words, “I just love all of my little med students…keep ‘em coming!” Ms. Eargle’s dedication to helping others, especially her beloved students, is inspiring and we were proud to nominate her for this honor.

Respite Care Charleston's 6th Annual Moments on Canvas Art Event

October 20, 2016
Founder's Hall, Charleston

Art show, sale, and silent auction to benefit the programs of Respite Care Charleston.

Ice Cream Day

September 29, 2016
Lowcountry Senior Centers

The Center on Aging joined the Lowcountry Senior Network and ServiceMasters to pass out free ice cream treats to area senior centers.

12th Annual Aging Research Day

February 26, 2016
Charleston Marriott, Charleston

“Sensory Systems in Aging” was presented by South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN) and hosted by MUSC Center on Aging.  

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Nicolas Bazan, who is internationally recognized for his contributions to neuroscience and research in vision and ophthalmology, as well as an author, educator, mentor, developer, music enthusiast, and art lover.

Dr. Bazan’s first novel was adapted into the award winning film, Of Mind and Music , formerly Una Vida , which was a large part of the inspiration for this year’s theme on sensory systems.

Joining Dr. Bazan, were the following researchers discussing how aging and age-related diseases affect the senses:

Xue Z. Liu, MD, PhD - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Baerbel Rohrer, PhD - MUSC

Chris Gregory, PhD - MUSC

Ellen Vincent, PhD - Clemson University

Renata Leite, PhD - MUSC

Victor Hirth, MD, MHA, CMD, FACP, AGSF - Palmetto Health

Johnell Brooks, PhD - Clemson University

Stacey Pierce - PharmRight Corp

Congratulations to the winners of the abstract contest!


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