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Research Report
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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Research Report
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

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Investing in Brain Health Pays OffResearch Suggests There Is Much We Can Do to Decrease the Risk of Dementia

Find out what research is saying about popular brain fitness programs, including those that improve brain health and reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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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

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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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Tell Me a StoryHow Sharing Life Stories Benefits Older Adults

Learn how specific skills in autobiographical storytelling have been linked to older adults’ greater empathy and trust, stronger social connections, and even enhanced resilience.

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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

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“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

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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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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 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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Industry Report
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
Innovation at Work 2015Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Explore Promising Practices Award winners from 2015, including an organization that helps older adults improve their balance using special bicycles.

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Industry Report
Innovation at Work 2014Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Learn about six Promising Practices Award winners from 2014, ranging from rethinking end-of-life care to building an entire neighborhood for underserved older adults.

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Industry Report
Revealing Research:
2016 Innovative Research on Aging Award WinnersRecent Research That Can Transform Aging Services

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

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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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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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Collaborations in Research:Partnering to Create Ways to Age WellSM

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

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Research Report
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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Industry Journal 2018 Seniors Housing & Care Journal

An annual publication focusing on applied research and best practices in senior housing and long-term care.
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