Rethink What You Thought You Knew About Senior Living: What Research Reveals

By Gale Morgan, Senior Vice President, Mather By Gale Morgan, Senior Vice President, Mather | March 29, 2021 | Home & Real Estate, Sponsored Post,

More and more people are considering the many advantages of Life Plan Communities. These are age-restricted, amenity-rich residences where people live independently, with health care services available should the need ever arise. There are many practical reasons to choose a Life Plan Community, and one of them is that residents in this type of community are proving to be happier and healthier.

RESIZED_Apartment_Living_Room.jpgInterior apartment home of the Life Plan Community, The Mather

Survey Says:

Life Plan Community residents report greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than their counterparts who don’t live in Life Plan Communities. They also report significantly more healthy behaviors and engage in more intellectual pursuits. Nearly 70% reported that moving to a Life Plan Community has somewhat or greatly improved their social wellness.

RESIZED_Tyson_Corner_0002.pngThe Mather is a Life Plan Community in Tysons, VA, projected to open in 2023

These findings are all from our five-year Age Well Study and are based on survey responses from more than 5,000 residents in 122 Life Plan Communities across the United States. This landmark research is being conducted by Mather Institute; the Institute is the research area of Mather, an 80-year-old not-for-profit organization that operates senior living residences and provides other aging services. Staffed by researchers, our Institute is an award-winning resource for research and information about wellness, aging, trends in senior living, and successful industry innovations.

The latest findings from the Institute’s Age Well Study include

  • Approximately 92% of respondents were highly satisfied with the place where they live.
  • People are happier and more satisfied when they have a greater sense of community belonging.
  • Those who are satisfied with their daily life and leisure activities report greater overall happiness.

RESIZED_Outdoor_Patio.pngOutdoor patio at The Mather

Aging Well in Tysons, VA

An example of a Life Plan Community is our community, The Mather, located in Tysons, VA, for those 62 and better. We are excited to see so much interest from leading-edge Boomers. It’s projected to open in 2023, and future residents are engaged in their local communities and want to stay connected. They are looking for an urban, walkable lifestyle in a location they love, with culture, sports, arts and entertainment options that are easily accessible.

The Mather’s apartment homes are designed with modern, open floor plans. Apartment homes will feature expansive views, luxury finishes, and innovative smart home technology including lighting, solar shades, and thermostat, as well as a home automation hub that can be integrated with smartphones, tablets, and home computer systems.


The Mather will include two residential buildings, one with 186 apartment homes (Phase 1) and the other with 114 apartment homes, which will be connected by a multi-story concourse with community spaces as well as first floor retail. Amenities include a fitness center, wellness spa, indoor lap pool, multiple restaurants, outdoor terraces, and a 3+-acre park.

To download the latest results from the Age Well Study and learn more about The Mather, visit

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