Innovative Framework Addresses Unique Needs of Older Adult Care
Posted on November 19, 2020
Individuals over age 65 are projected to increase from 21% of the nation’s population in 2012 to more than 39% in 2050, according to U.S. census data. As adults age, care often becomes more complex. To better equip health systems to address these challenges, the MHA Keystone Center is launching its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community.
An Age-Friendly Health System entails reliably providing a set of four evidence-based practices of high-quality care, known as the “4Ms,” to all older adults in the system. The 4Ms identify the core issues that should drive all decision-making in the care of older adults. They organize care and focus on the older adult’s wellness and strengths rather than solely on illness. When implemented together, the 4Ms — What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility — represent a broad shift by health systems to focus on the needs of older adults.
Nearly all health systems are integrating some of the 4Ms into care, either directly or indirectly. The Action Community builds on participating organizations’ existing practices by helping them understand where that work is happening and assisting to expand it until the 4Ms are reliably implemented with all older adults in the health system.
Healthcare teams that are interested in participating in this Action Community may enroll online. Funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Action Community is offered to MHA members free of charge. The community will run from March through September 2021.
Informational webinars will be held Dec.15 and Jan. 21 to discuss the program requirements and overall framework. The content of the webinars is identical so that members can choose the most convenient date.
Additional information on the Action Community is available on the MHA Keystone Center webpage. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.
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