Evanston-based Mather LifeWays will receive a national award this week for its work to improve the lives of older Americans. 

Mather is scheduled to be honored tomorrow at the National Council on Aging’s Aging in America Conference in Las Vegas with the Jack Ossofsky Award, for its Café Plus Community Initiatives program.

Café Plus provides a café-like environment where active people 55 and over can socialize; take diverse educational classes; participate in health and wellness programs; and eat meals that are made-to-order.

The Café Plus model is the genesis for the three More Than a Café locations in Chicago. They are located strategically in neighborhoods with higher populations of older adults who are aging in place and want to stay connected and contributing to their communities.

“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.”

NCOA says 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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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