We Inspire Ways to Age WellSM

Be part of something extraordinary

Mather LifeWays is a non-denominational not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving older adults. Founded in 1941 by humanitarian Alonzo Mather, we have a long history of creating Ways to Age Well.SM Today, our efforts are transforming the lives of thousands of older adults through award-winning programs, gathering places, and residences.

At Mather LifeWays, good things come in threes

Our three areas of service are all dedicated to one mission: enhancing the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well.SM It’s the sum of these parts that showcases the depth and strength of our organization:

Award-Winning Senior Living Residences

Each of our residences is a unique place where the focus is on creating extraordinary experiences every day.

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Unique Neighborhood Programs

Mather LifeWays develops programs that keep older adults connected to their communities as well as make them better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play.

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The Nationally Recognized Institute on Aging

Committed to advancing the field of aging services, the Institute is an award-winning resource for research and information about wellness, aging, trends in senior living, and innovations in the field of aging service.

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A job well done

Mather LifeWays was named a top place to work by the Chicago Tribune four years in a row.

See possibilities in action in our Year in Review

Our 2018 Year in Review offers a look at recent highlights and milestones for all areas of our organization.

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In 2017, Mather LifeWays enhanced the lives of 153,699 older adults

It’s no secret—we are passionate about helping older adults live longer, more fulfilling lives. Our commitment is made possible in large part by our sound financial position. As we look toward the future, Mather LifeWays investments and robust endowment give us the strength and security to make even more ambitious plans that can profoundly impact the lives of residents and employees.


Here are some numbers from 2017:
$18.5 Million
Contributed to enhance the lives of older adults.
$512 Million
In investments and trusts (as of December 31, 2017).
$237 Million
Property/equipment we own or manage.
$705 Million
Our total assets, with net assets of $446 million.
$2.6 Million
Financial assistance provided to residents of our senior living communities.

Creating Ways to Age Well is more than a motto—it’s a mission

Our Mission

Mather LifeWays enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well

Our Vision

To transform people’s views of older adults

Our Core Values

Purposeful, Possible, Extraordinary, Transformational

What employees are saying...

Mather LifeWays helps older adults discover their passions, learn new things, consider new possibilities, and have different experiences so they can reach a higher level of fulfillment.

Ways to #AgeWell

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