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Mather Institute study finds link between resident personality and health

For Life Plan Community residents, personality traits like extroversion are associated with engagement in healthy behaviors such as exercise, researchers at the Mather Institute found.

Life Plan Communities such as Evanston’s The Mather provide amenities, programming, health services and other features to support aging residents. The Year 2 phase of the Age Well study, a collaboration between the Mather Institute, Northwestern University and other research organizations, continued a five-year analysis that tracks the same variables to examine the effect of transitioning to a Life Plan Community on residents’ health and wellness.

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