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What Is an Age-Friendly Health System?


Dr. Mary Tinetti, Chief of Geriatrics, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital​

According to the US Census Bureau, the US population aged 65+ years is expected to nearly double over the next 30 years, from 43.1 million in 2012 to an estimated 83.7 million in 2050. These demographic advances, however extraordinary, have left our health systems behind as they struggle to reliably provide evidence-based practice to every older adult at every care interaction.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), designed to meet this challenge head on.

Age-Friendly Health Systems aim to:

  • Follow an essential set of evidence-based practices;
  • Cause no harm; and
  • Align with What Matters to the older adult and their family caregivers.​

What Does It Mean to Be Age-Friendly?

Becoming an Age-Friendly Health System entails reliably providing a set of four evidence-based elements of high-quality care, known as the “4Ms,” to all older adults in your system: What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility.


How to Practice the 4Ms by Care Setting: Learn more >>​​​​​

Learn and Connect with the Age-Friendly Health Systems Movement 

  • Join Friends of Age-Friendly Health Systems for movement updates, quarterly webinar calls, access to experts, and further support on the 4Ms Framework! 
    • Click here to join the Friends of Age-Friendly newsletter
    • Click here to watch the latest Friends of Age-Friendly Webinar Call 
    • Upcoming Webinar: Wednesday, October 18th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)