Office for the Study of Aging

Welcome to the Arnold School of Public Health Office for the Study of Aging (OSA). In the coming decades, older adults will reach record numbers in our state and nation. This growing population presents unique opportunities and challenges in both healthcare and long-term care. The OSA has long recognized the importance of and is committed to furthering information, education, and research on related aging issues, such as disease, frailty, dependence, and caregiving.


OSA was founded in 1988 by Ms. Carol Cornman when the SC Alzheimer’s Disease Registry was established to learn more about and support South Carolinians who develop Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). The OSA houses the SC registry and other programs by contract with the SC Department of Health and Human Services (A20190088).


The core mission of the OSA is to prepare communities to meet the needs of a growing older adult population and to enhance the quality of life for these individuals as they age.


The OSA values groundbreaking research and strives to provide all findings in practical and useable formats. In addition, the OSA:

  • Facilitates research on aging-related issues to provide information to policy makers,
  • Delivers evidence-informed education on dementia, and
  • Offer technical assistance for the development and evaluation of programs for older adults.


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OSA Booklet

View the OSA booklet for a brief office and programs overview. Print copies available upon request