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. Results will be compared to a demographically similar sample drawn from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) conducted by the University of Michigan.

This invaluable information will be used to improve the senior living industry.

Download a free copy of the report on Year 1 findings from the Age Well Study.

What we've accomplished:

First year results are in and they spell good news for Life Plan Community residents. Initial results show:

  • 69% of residents reported that moving to a Life Plan Community “somewhat or greatly improved” their social wellness.
  • Life Plan Community residents tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than their community-dwelling counterparts.
  • Residents report significantly more healthy behaviors than community dwellers (not just more exercise).

Thank you to all Life Plan Community residents and staff who have participated in the first year of the Age Well Study! A total of 80 Life Plan Communities from across the country are participating in the study, and we have entered surveys from more than 5,100 residents!

Free Research Report The Age Well Study Report: Year 1 Findings

Get an in-depth look at the positive effects that living in a Life Plan Community has on multiple aspects of residents’ health and well-being in this groundbreaking study.

Learn More

The latest news & updates:

  • Read news articles and industry reactions to the preliminary 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 1 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 second round of surveys is being gathered and collated.
  • The Year 2 report will be available in January 2020.

“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.”