Life plan community residents report higher levels of wellness than other older adults

Five years ago, Mather Institute set out to better understand the health and wellness effects of residing in a life plan community. The organization found that residents reported higher levels of wellness compared with older adults living in the community at large.

Mather began the five-year longitudinal Age Well Study in 2018. The final year of the study examined changes in health and wellness among participants compared with Year 1.

Cate O’Brien, PhD, senior vice president of the Mather Institute, said that the Year 5 report revealed some “powerful findings” related to social engagement and, in particular, intellectual engagement, that were unexpected going into Year 1.

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