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New research reveals secret to aging well

Aging research leader Mather Institute has released groundbreaking findings from its Age Well Study, shedding light on the health and wellness of residents living in Life Plan Communities across the US.

Conducted over five years and in collaboration with Northwestern University, the study surveyed more than 8,200 residents across 122 communities, comparing their responses to those of demographically similar older adults in the community at large. The results are eye-opening: residents of Life Plan Communities reported significantly better physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and vocational wellness compared to their community-at-large counterparts.

Residents living in this type of community reported better outcomes in five of six different dimensions of wellness in 2018, and five years later continued to report significantly better health than those living in the community at large. That’s a powerful indicator of aging well.

Mather Institute is the research area of Mather, the parent organization to The Mather, a Life Plan Community that will open in Tysons, VA, in 2024. Life Plan Communities are age-restricted lifestyle communities in which people can pursue passions and priorities, with a plan in place that supports aging well. Life Plan Communities 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.