Our café model BRINGS color to communities

So much more than a delicious meal

From the street, a Café Plus could be any attractive, busy restaurant within a community. But take a closer look—it’s More Than a Café. The award-winning Café Plus concept is designed to attract active, younger-older adults (age 50 and better) by providing fun and educational, wellness-related programs and activities designed to help them Age Well.

What’s the Café Plus concept?

The possibilities are endless once a customer walks in the door. The Café Plus experience might start with a cup of coffee and a delicious, healthy meal. However, in addition to full-service restaurant menus, lifelong learning programs are offered in areas such as computers, yoga, writing, wellness, and more.

As a service provider, whether you’re building a new space or updating an existing “senior center,” the Café Plus model can help improve the quality of service you bring to your community.

Mather LifeWays has a few neighborhood hotspots where older adults can eat well, learn well, play well, Age Well. Learn more about Mather’s—More Than a Café.

…a sleek meld of Starbucks, Bally’s, and Elderhostel—(they’ve) become models for reinvigorating America’s senior centers.

Mather LifeWays – Your Café Plus Partner

Mather LifeWays has helped organizations across the United States and the globe implement the Café Plus concept in some way, shape, or form. Whether they were updating an existing senior center and its programs, building a free-standing Café Plus model from the ground-up, incorporating into a senior living community, or simply implementing a Café Plus “Without Walls” concept—Mather LifeWays has provided the tools and resources needed to achieve strong outreach, engagement, and more. We offer informational materials, provide tours of existing locations, and will answer any questions you have throughout the process.

Want to see our Café Plus model in action?

See examples of how the Café Plus model helps not-for-profits and businesses reach out to older adults.

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What an incredible company with incredible vision and people. From the moment I engaged with Mather LifeWays, I knew there was something special about them.

Café Plus is packed with positives for older adults

At Mather LifeWays, we design and offer programs and services that help neighborhoods become better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play. Enhancing the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age WellSM is our mission.

Here are some examples of how the Café Plus concept has been nationally recognized:

  • Gold and Innovation Award for Best Dining or Café Experience from the National Association of Home Builders (2012)
  • Architectural Excellence in Community Design (2002)
  • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design (2002)

NOTHING about Mather’s—More Than a Café looks as if it’s aimed at people over 50. But the Chicago cafe, which could easily be mistaken for a large Starbucks, is much more than that, serving as a community hub, mostly for older people, with dozens of classes on topics like flower arranging, Egyptian history and digital safety.

Want to see our Café Plus model in action?

For examples of how the Café Plus model helps not-for-profits and business reach out to older adults, click here.

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Loved so much about it, but loved the employee attitudes and how they spread the way they promote the company and believe in its mission. Loved the customer service attitude.

Interested in learning how to create a Café Plus?

If you have questions or would like to get more information, Mather LifeWays is here to help. There are even opportunities for you to see our Chicago locations in person to get tangible, behind-the-scenes advice on operating an outreach program.

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Call (847) 492.7500 or fill out the form below and a Café Plus expert will e-mail you.