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Mather LifeWays was recently honored for their exceptional work to improve the lives of older Americans by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) at this year’s Conference on Aging. The organization received the Jack Ossofsky Award for its innovative programs, most notably the Café Plus model, developed through its Community Initiatives program.

Café Plus revolves around a café-like environment where active people 55 and better can socialize, take diverse educational classes, participate in health and wellness programs and eat made-to-
order meals.

“Mather’s More Than a Café has grown in stature and is now considered a national model for Aging Well,” said Mary Leary, President and CEO, Mather LifeWays. “We are proud of the recognition the program has received, with visitors traveling all the way from Japan to see the Cafés in action.”

According to NCOA, the award is presented to individuals or organizations that have taken a creative, new idea and developed it into a successful program, service, or policy that helps older people achieve vital aging.