Making the journey more rewarding

The adventure of aging begins here!

We are Mather LifeWays—a unique, non-denominational not-for-profit organization based in Evanston, Illinois, founded more than 70 years ago. We are dedicated to developing and implementing Ways to Age WellSM by creating programs, places, and residences for today’s young-at-heart older adults.

We provide a continuum of living and care; make neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identify, implement, and share best practices for wellness programs, aging-in-the-workplace issues, emergency preparedness, staff development, and online education and programs empowering working family caregivers.

Our organization was founded in 1941 by Alonzo Mather, a well-regarded humanitarian and innovative entrepreneur, and his inspiring past fuels our future. We are committed to being an ongoing resource for older adults and our partners—continuing to introduce progressive ideas and help advance all areas of aging and living well.

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information about Mather LifeWays

  • Orange we proud?

  • Named Illinois’ Healthiest Midsize Employer for 2013
  • Named one of Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces in Chicago (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Served more than 40,000 older adults (2013)
  • Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
    Helped working family caregivers of older adults, through online courses, in 14 countries across four continents, in all 50 states, and at top Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merck, Deloitte, and more
  • Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
    Conducted the first-ever national survey of family members of residents living in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), a study that revealed positive feedback regarding CCRCs. Participants were the family members of a cross-section of nationwide CCRCs, totaling more than 65,000 residents in 49 states plus the District of Columbia
  • The Mather
    Selected as winner of the Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Award for a Continuing Care Retirement Community. (2013)
    Awarded Gold Awards for Best CCRC and Best Amenities from the National Active Retirement Association (NARA) (2011, 2010)
  • Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
    Mather Pavilion
    Received the prestigious OPTIMA Award from Long-Term Living Magazine
  • Café Plus model
    Has drawn national interest with the Café Plus model, with more than 200 participants from 88 organizations trained to replicate the model in their own communities
  • Sonora at Splendido in Tucson, AZ (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
    Mather Pavilion in Evanston, IL (2014, 2013, 2011, 2010)
    Ranked among America’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report, receiving the highest overall rating of five stars from the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • View more of our past and recent awards