The Age Well

A landmark study on Life Plan Communities

Mather Institute is conducting the Age Well Study, a five-year analysis of the impact of living in a Life Plan Community.

The Age Well Study is the only national longitudinal study evaluating the impact of living in a Life Plan Community on residents’ cognitive, physical, and psychosocial health and well-being. The Age Well Study measures residents’ self-reported health and wellness metrics through a survey taken annually for five years. In Year 1, participants were compared to a demographically similar sample drawn from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) conducted by the University of Michigan. In Year 2, researchers took a closer look at residents’ health and wellness, and Year 3 examines residents’ happiness and life satisfaction.

Download a free copy of the report on Year 4 findings from the Age Well Study.

What we've accomplished:

The latest report from the study focuses on Life Plan Community residents’ stress and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers looked at factors including residents’ personal characteristics, social relationships, and coping strategies as well as organizational characteristics of the Life Plan Communities. The findings include:

  • Life Plan Community residents, on average, exhibited low levels of stress and high levels of resilience during the pandemic.
  • Higher levels of extroversion, agreeableness, and openness to new experiences are associated with less stress and better resilience during the pandemic.
  • Strengthening the quality of relationships with children may be of greatest importance when cultivating resilience during difficult times.

Thank you to all Life Plan Community residents and staff who are participating in the Age Well Study! A total of more than 5,700 residents from 122 Life Plan Communities from across the country have participated in the longitudinal study.

Free Research Report The Age Well Study Report:

Year 4 Findings

Stress & Resilience among Residents of Life Plan Communities during the Pandemic

The latest news & updates:

  • Download the reports with the findings from Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 of the Age Well Study.
  • If you are a community point person and have any questions about the study, please contact Ajla Basic, Age Well Study Coordinator, at
  • In addition to the full Year 4 Report available on this page, we are distributing a brief report specific to each community, which includes a summary of findings for key measures collected. No individual resident information is included in either report.
  • The fifth and final round of surveys is underway.
  • The Year 5 report will be available in January 2023.

Free Research Report The Age Well Study: Year 3 Report

Investigating factors associated with happiness & life satisfaction in residents of life plan communities

“Our residents and staff have enjoyed participating in the Age Well Study and know that the information it will provide will be invaluable, not only for the industry, but for our community specifically.”