in the senior living industry

An opportunity to recognize important breakthroughs in aging services

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging created the Innovative Research on Aging Awards to bring attention to excellent applied research that offers important implications for the senior living industry.

Get recognized and rewarded for your important efforts

Entry Guidelines:

Researchers and authors who have published manuscripts within the past two years (March 2015 – March 2017) are invited to apply. The research must be applicable to a relevant area, including:

  • supporting the senior living workforce
  • technological advancements for older adults
  • programs that support health and well-being of senior living residents
  • aging in place


Evaluation Criteria:

Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • quality of research
  • actionable research findings and recommendations
  • relevance to important problems in the senior living industry
  • innovation

Monetary Awards:

The award winner will receive a $1,500 prize; up to four honorable mentions will each receive $500.

Call for Entries:

Entries are being accepted beginning in March 2018.


University of Missouri
Marilyn J. Rantz, PhD

Enhanced registered nurse care
coordination with sensor technology:
Impact on length of stay and cost in aging
in place housing.

Honorable Mention

Bar Ilan University
Liat Ayalon, Phd & Ohad Greed, PhD

A typology of new residents’ adjustment to Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Honorable Mention

Erin Roth, MA

Stigma and discontinuity in multilevel senior housing’s continuum of care.

Get an overview of the latest research that is impacting the lives of older adults

Get an overview of the most relevant research published in the past year—the studies selected as winners of the first-ever Innovative Research on Aging Awards.

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