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South Carolina Aging Research Network


SCARN has several funded research projects:

teachingPalmetto 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 geriatric care and gerontology. By offering training opportunities and resources through statewide collaborations, the GEC aims to enhance the quality of life of older South Carolinians. The Palmetto Geriatric Education Center, under the guidance of Director Dr. Victor Hirth, provides faculty development in geriatric education, plans geriatric and gerontological education and training for health and social service students, delivers rural/medically underserved community outreach programs for health providers, creates a SC statewide certificate program in geriatrics and gerontology and develops strategies for sustainable programs. Approaches for this include community-academic partnerships, interdisciplinary team building, continuous quality improvement and distance learning technology. Visit the GEC by going to

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 independentlycouple 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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