An Age-Friendly Health System is one in which every older adult:
- Gets the best care possible;
- Experiences no health care-related harms; and
- Is satisfied with the health care they receive.
In an Age-Friendly Health System, value is optimized for all — patients, families, caregivers, health care providers, and the overall system.
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4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care
The four essential elements of an Age-Friendly Health System are known as the 4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care:
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 medications 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 care settings.
Mobility: Ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do What Matters.