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The University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Palmetto, Health and Lutheran Homes of South Carolina have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fraunhofer Institute for Software Engineering to conduct research that may result in technology that supports independent living for senior citizens. 

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USC project to develop technology, products at 2 local retirement facilities so elderly can live longer in their own residences

Two Midlands retirement communities will become laboratories for new high-technology solutions to enable older
adults to live in their own homes longer and deal more effectively with the challenges that come with age.
USC signed a deal with the Fraunhofer Institute for Software Engineering of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and
Columbia’s Palmetto Health System to jointly develop technological responses to aging issues. The Lutheran
Homes of South Carolina and Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community have agreed to test and help develop
new products and services for the elderly.

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Seniors are the fastest growing population in South Carolina. As this population continues to grow, so does the need for supporting independent living in order to limit the strain on private assisted living facilities as well as the State's systems. Investigators at the South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence are developing sensor-based technology dedicated to preserving independent living and quality of life standards for senior citizens. The SeniorSmart technology will help seniors maintain intellectual activity and promote independent mobility both inside and outside the home.

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The review board that oversees the state's Centers of Economic Excellence (CoEE) Program has approved state funding for a new Center of Economic Excellence that will be a collaboration between the University of South Carolina and Clemson University with Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) contributing as a major non-state matching partner.

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In just six years, South Carolina’s Centers of Economic Excellence (CoEE) Program, which provides state lottery proceeds to match non-state investment to recruit top scientists and engineers to lead cutting-edge research programs in the state, has generated 2,000-plus jobs in South Carolina and boosted the state’s economy by nearly a quarter of a billion dollars ($246 million) in non-state investment or pledges to the program.

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Columbia, SC - August 31, 2007 — The review board that oversees the state’s Centers of Economic Excellence (CoEE) Program has approved state funding for a new Center of Economic Excellence. The CoEE Program grants awards to the state’s three research universities (Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina) to create Centers of Economic Excellence (CoEEs), along with associated endowed professorships, in technology-based fields that are likely to enhance the state’s knowledge economy.

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With life expectancies increasing and baby boomers aging, the number of Americans 65 and older will make up an impressive 21 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, totaling 86.7 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This dramatic increase will present challenges to the physical and financial infrastructure of South Carolina and the nation.

To address these challenges by helping older adults remain healthy and independent, The University of South Carolina (USC) has recruited one of the leading experts on geriatrics and aging. Dr. Sue Levkoff, who previously worked at Harvard University, has been named the CoEE Endowed Chair in Community and Social Support--SmartHOME at the SeniorSMART Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE).

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