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 75 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, 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.

Click here for the Mather LifeWays 2015 Year in Review, which celebrates our 75th anniversary.

Contact us at (847) 492.7500 or click here to get more
information about Mather LifeWays

  • Orange we proud?

  • Named Illinois’ Healthiest Midsize Employer for 2013 and 2014
  • Named one of Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces in Chicago (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Served 105,595 older adults in 2015 (directly and indirectly)
  • Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
    Recipient of 2014 LeadingAge Excellence in Research and Education Award
    745 organizations used the Institute’s educational programming to teach their staff on topics including falls reduction, customer service, memory care, and more.
    Nearly 400 senior living residents and staff participated in a national evaluation of the Institute’s comprehensive brain fitness program in 13 communities.
  • 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)
  • Splendido
    Presented with the 2013 Pinnacle Award for Best Mid-Sized Business by the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Sonora at Splendido selected for first place for the Best of the Northwest in the category of Assisted Living
  • 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 (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 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