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Mather LifeWays is a unique, nondenominational not-for-profit organization that enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age WellSM. The Institute on Aging was created in 1999 as a way to expand the impact of Mather LifeWays by evaluating programs for senior living and community-residing older adults through applied research.

Through national initiatives, surveys, and research studies, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has helped to inform senior living communities and others that serve older adults by providing information in areas including effective approaches to brain health, ways to enhance resilience, and successful employee wellness programs.

Mission and Values

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is dedicated to creating Ways to Age Well for older adults by conducting and disseminating applied research that supports and extends the efforts of professionals who serve them.

What We’ve Accomplished

Nationally recognized for its contributions to the field of aging, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is a global resource for aging services, providing research and information about wellness, aging, trends in senior living, and successful industry innovations. Most recently, the Institute was honored with the LeadingAge Excellence in Research and Education Award.

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has conducted education programs for service providers and older adults throughout the country. In 2014 the Institute reached more than 980 senior living communities through Institute-designed programs.

The Institute is able to conduct pilot programs and surveys in Mather LifeWays senior living residences. These projects enable residents and staff to benefit and allow the Institute to continue to grow and learn.


An established thought leader and nationally recognized resource, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging will continue to work on specific projects through various established university partnerships, to offer industry presentations, and to conduct research on topics relevant to its mission.