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South Carolina Aging Research Network


The Senior Smart CoEE (Center on Economic Excellence) works to improve the lives of older adults by creating products, services, and conducting research to promote independence. Through the partnership of many organizations some of the toughest issues facing the aging population are tackled. It is the first CoEE in the country to mobilize 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 and chair of the National Fellowship Directors of Geriatrics. The Senior Smart Team consists of experts from the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Greenville Hospital Systems and University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Currently, two endowed chairs have been approved (USC and Clemson). To learn more about this innovative partnership go to


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