An Age-Friendly Health System is one in which every older adult’s care:
- Is guided by an essential set of evidence-based practices (the 4Ms);
- Causes no harms; and
- Is consistent with What Maters to the older adult and their family.
4Ms Framework of an Age-Friendly Health System
Four essential elements comprise the "4Ms" Framework of an Age-Friendly Health System:
What Matters: Know and align care with each older adult's specific health outcome goals and care preferences including, but not limited to, end-of-life care, and across settings of care.
Medication: If medication is necessary, use Age-Friendly medication that do not interfere with What Matters to the older adult, Mobility, or Mentation across settings of care.
Mentation: Prevent, identify, treat, and manage dementia, depression, and delirium across settings of care.
Mobility: Ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do What Matters.