Older adults, individuals 65 years and older, have higher rates of health care utilization as compared to other age groups and experience higher rates of health care-related harm, delay, and discoordination. Meanwhile, the number of older adults in the United States is growing rapidly.
To address this challenge, almost 2,000 care locations in the US have taken steps towards becoming
Age-Friendly Health Systems, meaning they reliably provide a set of four evidence-based elements of high-quality care, known as the 4Ms, to all older adults in their system.
The 4Ms — What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility — make care of older adults, which can be complex, more manageable. When implemented together, the 4Ms represent a broad shift by health systems to focus on the needs of older adults.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Age-Friendly Health Systems used the 4Ms Framework to prepare quickly for telehealth visits with older adults. This presentation will include examples of the 4Ms in practice during in-person and telehealth visits with older adults.
Join this hour-long session on Friday, February 26, 2021 as expert speakers introduce the 4Ms Framework and illustrates how care teams can use the Framework to provide age-friendly care.