The Age Well

A landmark study on Life Plan Communities

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is partnering with Northwestern University in conducting the Age Well Study, a five-year analysis of the benefits of living in a Life Plan Community.

The Age Well Study will measure residents’ health and wellness metrics through an annual survey. Researchers will compare this data to that of older adults who do not live in Life Plan Communities. This invaluable information will be used to improve the senior living industry.

What we've accomplished:

Thank you to all Life Plan Community residents and staff who have participated in the first year of the Age Well Study! We’ve received surveys from more than 90 Life Plan Communities from across the country, which we are entering into our database. Once all surveys are received, we expect the study will include more than 3,000 participants.

The latest news & updates:

  • If you are a community point person who returned your completed surveys and you have not received confirmation from the Institute, please contact Ajla Basic, Age Well Study Coordinator, at (847) 492.5036 or
  • After data entry is complete, we will analyze survey responses and develop two reports. One comprehensive report will include a summary of all data collected. The other brief report will be specific to each community and will include a summary of findings for key measures collected. No individual resident information will be included in either report.
  • We will distribute reports to each community in January 2019.
  • The next round of surveys will be distributed to resident participants in February 2019.

Online version of the survey available!

For residents in participating Life Plan Communities who did not submit a survey: We have an online version of the survey that you can take any time before Friday, May 18.

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Important survey reminders:

We need your contact information in order to send you communication about the Age Well surveys for the duration of the five-year study. If you did not provide us with complete contact information in your survey, or if this information has changed, please complete the form at the link below or contact Ajla Basic, Age Well Study Coordinator, at (847) 492.5036 or

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