80-Plus Years of Innovation

The Mather was created by Mather, an industry leader and nondenominational not-for-profit organization that is committed to developing and implementing Ways to Age Well.SM Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather serves close to 200,000 people through three areas of service: award-winning residences, programs that keep people connected, and a research institute that supports innovations and next practices. Each fosters the ideals of perpetual improvement, personal transformation, and sustained curiosity, creating something NextraordinaryTM for all those who live, visit, learn, and work with Mather.

A Past That Fuels Our Future

Mather was founded in 1941 by the well-regarded humanitarian, lifelong inventor, and entrepreneur Alonzo Mather. Alonzo’s past fuels Mather’s future, as the organization continues his legacy of innovation by transforming ordinary moments into extraordinary ones.

“In my life, I have never stood still. We Mathers never do. I have kept on with new ideas, projects, and visions.”

Alonzo Mather


Alonzo Mather exemplified the idea that if you think big, plan ahead and make the right move at the right time, the most far-reaching dreams become attainable.

Guided by Research

Mather Institute is an award-winning resource for research about wellness, aging, trends in senior living, and successful aging services innovations. It partners with numerous community organizations, health care organizations, and academic institutions, including Northwestern University, Arizona State University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. A key goal of these endeavors is to equip senior living professionals with best practices and leading-edge techniques to better serve older adults.

Financially stable for a more secure future

In times like these, financial solvency is of paramount importance. And you can gain confidence in the financial strength of The Mather. Our community continues to stand on exceptionally firm financial footing.

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Mary Leary
Mather CEO & President

Transformative Leadership

Mather CEO and President Mary Leary was named a 2020 Changemaker by Senior Housing News for being a pioneer driving the future of senior living. Guiding Mather’s Possibilities Team and the organization since 2002, Mary has transformed the organization into an innovation incubator for ideas and “next practices.” She is deeply involved in the senior living industry, sitting on several boards, and she founded Novare®, a national consortium of Life Plan Community providers, conceived to be a new model of industry collaboration.


Learn more about Mather by paging through our recent milestones and moments, from celebrating our award-winning workplace to embracing new ways to connect with those we serve.

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Senior Housing News Design Award

The Mather was selected as winner of the Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Award for a Continuing Care Retirement Community. The award recognizes cutting-edge design, excellence, and innovation in senior living.

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Ways to #AgeWell

Our Ways to #AgeWell series provides research-based tips every weekday to help you make the most out of each day. From boosting brain health to building resilience and happiness, every simple little tip can make a big difference in your life.

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Guide to The Mather

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