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With the increased life expectancy among the world’s populations, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 2 billion individuals worldwide over the age of 60, which shines the light on the challenges facing long term care settings, such as seniorMoreWith the increased life expectancy among the world’s populations, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 2 billion individuals worldwide over the age of 60, which shines the light on the challenges facing long term care settings, such as senior centers, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes, in how to satisfy the older adults’ needs and improve their psychological status. While popular now, assisted-living facilities are expected to boom in the United States in the next few decades. In the absence of a consensus-based definition of and a nationwide standard for assisted-living facilities, researchers have been unable to identify and compare the psychological health of older adults residing in these facilities.This paper explores whether the research question: Which factors can predict mental health status among assisted-living residents in the US is significant, relevant, and has been answered. The main objective was to explore the factors that might predict depression or life satisfaction among residents of assisted-living facilities. The paper briefly summarizes an article entitled “Predictors of Psychological Well-being among Assisted-living Residents,” which was published in Health and Social Work in 2002 by Cummings. It then presents a brief literature review, before considering the raised research questions, the methodology used, the results and interpretations. The final section of the paper offers the conclusions, implications and areas for future research. The following research hypothesis was proposed for testing: Gender, self-rated health, functional impairment, perceived social support and participation in social activities are likely to be associated with mental health status of assisted-living residents in the US.