The Mather: Research Shows Life Plan Communities Provide Strong Benefits

TYSONS, Va: The Age Well Study recently released by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging shows that residents living in Life Plan Communities report more healthy behaviors and have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than a demographically similar group of older adults living in the community at large.

For residents considering a move to The Mather, a Life Plan Community in Tysons, Virginia, that spells good news on several levels. Not only is their decision leading them to an environment conducive to healthy behaviors, but they'll also benefit from knowing that this type of groundbreaking research is being led by the research arm of the parent organization of The Mather - Mather LifeWays - a 75+ year-old not for profit organization dedicated to helping older adults Age Well.

The five-year Age Well Study is the most extensive longitudinal research to date relative to Life Plan Community residents, and includes responses by 5,148 residents from 80 Life Plan Communities from 28 states nationwide. It is available to download for free at

This research has the potential to enhance the lives of older adults by providing facts, based on actual data, regarding housing alternatives that positively impact health and wellness, said Mary Leary CEO and President, Mather LifeWays.

Age Well Study key findings show Life Plan Community residents report

Greater satisfaction with life
More physical activity
Increased personal connections
Higher frequency of volunteering
More optimism
Greater life purpose
Better self-reported health, and fewer chronic conditions

Life Plan Communities are lifestyle residences where people can pursue new passions and priorities, with a plan that supports aging in place. They provide an important benefit a continuum of living options, which enables people to plan ahead to access additional services, including health care, if ever needed. The Mather, which is projected to open in 2023, will feature amenities and program offerings centered around six dimensions of wellness that are supported by research from Mather LifeWays nationally-recognized Institute on Aging. In addition to the Age Well Study, the Institute has recently partnered locally with George Washington University on other age-related research.

The Mather will offer well-appointed apartment homes with Smart Home Technology, amenity-rich community spaces, and lush green space as well as a variety of dining venues, a fitness center and day spa and inspiring social, educational, and cultural opportunities, such as digital media workshops, live music, art + technology seminars, featured lecturers, and much more.

In addition to The Mather in Virginia, Mather LifeWays operates Life Plan Communities in Illinois and Arizona. For more information about The Mather, visit, call (703) 348-8522, or email [email protected]
(PRN | 1 year ago)

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The Mather: Research Shows Life Plan Communities Provide Strong Benefits