The Age Well

A landmark study on Life Plan Communities

Mather Institute is partnering with Northwestern University in 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.

Download a free copy of the report on Year 2 findings from the Age Well Study.

What we've accomplished:

Year 2 of the study focused on investigating factors that may be associated with healthy behaviors and health outcomes among residents. Researchers looked for relationships between resident characteristics, organizational characteristics, and healthy behaviors and health outcomes, and found:

  • Residents with higher scores of the personality trait of openness to experience and extroversion reported the highest levels of healthy behaviors and more positive health outcomes.
  • Residents who form strong bonds within their community tend to engage in more healthy behaviors and have better overall health.
  • Six out of ten residents indicated that they are sufficiently physically active. Among those who are not sufficiently active, the most commonly mentioned barrier to physical activity is health reasons.

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 are participating in the study.

The latest news & updates:

  • Download a report with the findings from Year 1 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 (847) 492.5036 or
  • In addition to the full Year 2 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 third round of surveys is underway.
  • The Year 3 report will be available in January 2021.

Free Research Report The Age Well Study Report: Year 2 Findings

Learn associations between Life Plan Community residents’ individual characteristics and their healthy behaviors and overall health in this groundbreaking study.

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“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.”