Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, in partnership with Clearbrook and Center for Independent Futures, is offering a new resource to Foster Intergenerational Inclusive Volunteer Engagement. F.I.I.V.E. Chicago teamed up older adults as mentors with young people with developmental disabilities to design and implement service projects for underserved groups in their communities. The project was funded by The Coleman Foundation of Chicago, IL.
Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging partnered with LeadingAge, American Seniors Housing Association, and Caring Communities to collaborate on this first-of-its-kind national survey of employee wellness programs across senior living, long-term care, and hospital settings. The report offers strategic recommendations on employee wellness incentives and a checklist of key questions to be used in evaluating an organization’s employee wellness program efforts.
Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, Ziegler, and Brecht Associates, Inc., partnered to conduct the first-ever national study in 2011, of family members of residents living in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), which asked what they are planning for their own retirement lifestyle and health needs. The study creates a picture of where the industry is today, and reveals opportunities for the future in order to best serve the next generation.
A total of 123 organizations that handle different aspects of research in our industry were invited to participate in the surveys. The result is a 57-page national survey that provides an opportunity for aging research and service organizations to consider the scope of the issues currently being addressed by gerontological researchers and the future needs, challenges, and opportunities that an aging population will bring.
Conducted in collaboration with Ziegler and the architectural firm of Dorsky Hodgson Parrish Yue (first report) and C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group (second report), these national reports of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) describe the impact of wellness programs on residents, and factors related to successful wellness programs from the perspective of program managers, administrators, and presidents/CEOs.
Developers and providers can use these survey results to address potential opportunities and create innovations to help shape the future of senior living services, programs, and amenities. The ultimate goal is to create environments and lifestyles where older adults want to live, not just where they need to live.