Meet Mary Leary, 2023 McKnight’s Pinnacle Awards honoree

If you call your retirement community a “life plan community,” you might have Mary Leary to thank.

Mather, then known as Mather Lifeways, worked with LeadingAge to gather feedback from industry leaders, residents and prospective residents to come up with a new name for continuing care retirement community when research revealed that the words “continuing care” evoked a setting where older adults were cared for rather than a setting that also fostered growth and new experiences. The new name was announced in 2015.

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