What Is an Age-Friendly Health System?
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 he or she receives.
In an Age-Friendly Health System, value is optimized for all — patients, families, caregivers, health care providers, and the overall system.
The goal of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative is to rapidly spread the 4Ms Framework to 20 percent of US hospitals and medical practices by 2020.
The four essential elements of an Age-Friendly Health System are known as the 4Ms:
- 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, Mobility, or Mentation on 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.