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Research Report
The Age Well Study ReportYear 4 Findings

This in-depth study focuses on factors associated with Life Plan Community residents’ stress and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, including individual and organizational characteristics.

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The Age Well Study ReportYear 3 Findings

Learn about associations between Life Plan Community residents’ happiness and life satisfaction and their individual personality traits, resources, communal factors, and behaviors in this in-depth study.

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The Age Well Study ReportYear 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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The Age Well Study ReportYear 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.

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Coaching Review:Older adults' motivators and barriers to holistic wellness and wellness coaching participation

Learn to identify motivators and barriers to resident participation in behaviors that support their whole-person wellness.

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Baby Boomers at Work:Work, Wellness, and Retirement Considerations of Baby Boomers Employed in Senior Living

This study offers insights on older employees’ views of work, wellness, and retirement, and provides recommendations for senior living providers to continue supporting these individuals in their careers.

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Stumbling Blocks:Identifying and Overcoming Older Adults’ Barriers to Physical Activity

This study offers insight into barriers to older adults being more active, including beliefs regarding physical activity, individual physical ability, and psychosocial factors, and how to overcome those barriers.

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National Survey of Resident Expectations Regarding Transparency & Decision Making in Life Plan Communities

A survey of Life Plan Community management reveals what today’s Life Plan Community residents expect regarding transparency of information and input.

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Brain Health

Fact Sheet
20 Brief Brainy Bits

Discover facts about brain health that are quick and easy to share with older adults.

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Fact Sheet
7 Brainy Bits:
The Most Recent News on Brain Health

Learn what the latest research has confirmed about how people of all ages can improve cognitive function and even reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease through certain lifestyle behaviors.

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Resilience

Research Brief
Well-MeaningThe importance of finding a sense of purpose during a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions had an unprecedented impact on older adults’ routines, access to social supports, and stress levels. Learn some surprising details about how those 50 and better found meaning and fulfillment.

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Orange Paper
Life Plan Community Staff-Resident Storytelling

Discover how a storytelling program involving staff and residents of a Life Plan Community increased empathy and yielded benefits beyond improved relationships.

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Research Report
Focus on the PositiveEnhancing Resilience by Savoring Positive Experiences

Discover how older adults can improve their resilience and psychological well-being through simple exercises that encourage savoring positive experiences.

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Fact Sheet
10 Tips to Boost Your Happiness

Research shows happier people report having better physical health and psychological well-being. Discover tips that increase happiness by savoring positive experiences.

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Workforce Wellness

Research Report
“May I Help You?”Engagement and Emotional Labor in Frontline Senior Living Employees

Learn strategies frontline employees can use to maintain a consistent positive demeanor to improve their emotional health and, by extension, employee engagement and retention.

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Perceptions of Aging

Research Paper
MESSAGE MATTERSUsing Messages about Aging to Promote Wellness among Older Adults

This study offers insight into the effectiveness of specific types of messaging on older adults’ motivation to participate in physical activities and other wellness programming.

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Orange Paper
Senior Living Employees’
Perceptions of Aging and Why They Matter

Find out how perceptions of aging held by senior living employees affect the well-being of the residents they serve.

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Orange Paper
Self-Fulfilling ProphecyHow Perceptions of Aging Affect Our Later Years

Learn how older adults’ perceptions of
aging—and their self-perceptions—can have serious effects on their health, behaviors, and even longevity.

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Fact Sheet
Positive Perceptions of Aging

Discover how research shows that older adults with positive perceptions of aging live longer, make more friends, enjoy greater life satisfaction, and much more.

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Research Report
Life Lessons and How to Savor ThemCreating Positive Perceptions of Aging in Older Adults

Learn how investigators were able to enhance older adults’ perceptions of aging by asking them to savor “life lessons” that they learned as they grew older.

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Industry Report
INNOVATION AT WORK 2022Promising Practices Recipients That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Get inspired to change things up and adapt a fresh approach. Here, nine innovative programs, approaches, and ideas offer transformed ways to serve older adults. The Promising Practices Award recipients include a resident-led emergency-preparedness program for independent living residences, and a technology-based fitness approach that takes resident workouts to the next level.

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INSPIRING NEXT PRACTICES: 2022 INNOVATIVE RESEARCH ON AGING AWARD RECIPIENTSRECENT RESEARCH THAT CAN TRANSFORM AGING SERVICES

Mather Institute provides at-a-glance summaries of award-winning research from the past year, offering fresh, evidence-based ideas for senior living and aging services industries.

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INNOVATION AT WORK 2021Promising Practices Recipients That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Create your own “next practice” based on groundbreaking programs, products, and ideas that offer fresh approaches for better serving older adults. Learn from nine 2021 Promising Practices Award recipients.

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INSPIRING NEXT PRACTICES: 2021 INNOVATIVE RESEARCH ON AGING AWARD RECIPIENTSRECENT RESEARCH THAT CAN TRANSFORM AGING SERVICES

Discover Mather Institute’s top picks for applied research that has important implications for the senior living and aging services industries.

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Innovation at Work 2020Promising Practices Recipients That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Learn from 2020 Promising Practices Award recipients, including a creative program that reinforces COVID-19 safety measures, and a partnership providing on-site counseling for residents.

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Inspiring Next Practices: 2020 Innovative Research on Aging Award RecipientsRecent Research That Can Transform Aging Services

Get an overview of the most relevant research published in the past year from the 2020 Innovative Research on Aging Awards.

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Inspiring Next Practices: 2019 Innovative Research on Aging Award RecipientsRecent Research That Can Transform Aging Services

Get an overview of the most relevant research published in the past year from the 2019 Innovative Research on Aging Awards.

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Innovation at Work 2018Promising Practices Recipients That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Discover 11 Promising Practices Award recipients from 2018, ranging from a boxing-based exercise program that really packs a punch for those with Parkinson’s, to a smart pilot program for using smart home technology in senior living.

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Inspiring Next Practices: 2018 Innovative Research on Aging Award RecipientsRecent Research That Can Transform Aging Services

Get an overview of the most relevant research published in the past year from the 2018 Innovative Research on Aging Awards.

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Industry Report
Innovation at Work 2017Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Learn about the six Promising Practices Award winners from 2017, including an organization recognized for innovative training programs for older adults with behavioral health concerns.

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Industry Report
Innovation at Work 2016Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Discover five Promising Practices Award winners from 2016, ranging from breakthroughs in brain health to empowering residents to become educators.

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Industry Report
Revealing Research: 2017 Innovative Research on Aging Award RecipientsRecent Research That Can Transform Aging Services

Get an overview of the most relevant research published in the past year from the 2017 Innovative Research on Aging Awards.

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Other

Research Brief
Hope at Work

Discover how a hopeful outlook can impact older adults’ healthy behaviors such as getting regular exercise, stopping smoking, eating a nutritious diet, and more. Find out how hope also plays a role in feelings about the future and views of one’s own health.

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Research Brief
THE VALUE OF VOLUNTEERING

Learn how different types of formal and informal volunteer activities affect older adults’ life satisfaction, and which underutilized charitable actions carry the most benefit for the volunteer.

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Research Brief
Autonomy, Affiliation, & AchievementThe “3 As” & Older Adults’ Mental Health & Well-Being

Based on a survey of 500+ older adults, this research brief explores the extent to which participants’ needs for the universal psychological drivers of autonomy, affiliation, and achievement were being met during the COVID-19 pandemic—and the relationship between these needs and mental health.

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Research Brief
With Age Comes StrengthA Snapshot of Older Adults’ Mental Health during the Pandemic

This timely research brief provides a nuanced understanding of older adults’ experience of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including surprising details about how those 50 and better found meaning and fulfillment.

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Research Brief
Advantages and Disadvantages of No and Low Dues Villages

Get the latest insights into significant differences between no and low dues Villages and other Villages, as well as recommendations for Villages that are considering charging low or no dues.

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Research Brief
Non-Participation Trends in Village Membership

Get the latest insights into why people drop out of Villages or decide against joining in the first place and learn ways Villages can evolve to appeal to a wider variety of older adults.

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General
Collaborations in Research:Partnering to Create Ways to Age WellSM

Get a snapshot of the research Mather Institute is conducting with partners at universities, all with the goal of improving aging services.

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Research Brief
What motivates us?Motivators of healthy behaviors: Survey findings

Discover what people today reveal about what motivates them to engage in healthy behaviors, and get an interesting glimpse into how we all choose to participate in healthy behaviors (and why).

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2017 National Survey of Research EntitiesConducting Applied Studies in Aging

Download a comprehensive, up-to-date summary that can be used to develop or refine your organization’s aging research programs.

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2016 National Survey of US Villages

Find out what researchers learned from conducting a survey examining the current characteristics of Villages in the US that bring together older adults who have a mutual interest in aging in place.

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