Posted 01/16/2020

Report: New findings on Life Plan Community resident health

Report: New findings on Life Plan Community resident health

What factors contribute to the health and well-being of Life Plan Community residents? Answers are explored in a new report on our landmark, five-year Age Well Study being conducted with Northwestern University.

The second year of the Age Well Study explores characteristics that may be associated with healthy behaviors and health outcomes among residents.

Based on survey responses from more than 5,700 residents in 122 Life Plan Communities, the Year 2 report on the Age Well Study is available as a free download.

THE AGE WELL STUDY REPORT:

YEAR 2 FINDINGS

The second year of this unique, five-year longitudinal study takes a closer look at Life Plan Community resident wellness. It reveals new associations between specific personality traits and characteristics and residents’ healthy behaviors and overall health. Findings are based on responses from 5,777 residents from 122 Life Plan Communities across the nation.

THIS REPORT REVEALS:
  • Residents with higher scores on personality traits of openness to experience and extroversion reported the highest levels of healthy behaviors.
  • Residents who form strong bonds within their community tend to have better overall health.
  • Key factors of resident wellness may be used to inform the development of programs and resources to support resident wellness.
FROM THIS RESEARCH REPORT:

Residents who reported higher levels of psychological/personal resources, such as optimism and positive perceptions of aging, tended to report more positive outcomes.

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