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In Later Years, Your House May Be Bad for Your Health

The recent results of the first of a five-year study being conducted by Chicago-based Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University, found that nearly 70% of Life Plan Community (also known as Continuing Care Retirement Community) residents stated that moving into such a community, “somewhat or greatly improved their social wellness.” Including more than 5,000 residents in 80 Life Plan Communities across 29 states, the survey also found that residents of the communities (which typically offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing in a single location) scored higher across five of six recognized facets of wellness than about 1,000 peer group older adults living in the community at large – including greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual and vocational wellness.

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