The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare sector is far-reaching. One key lesson that has surfaced is the urgent need for age-friendly healthcare. Older adults and individuals with underlying, serious medical conditions are at higher risk for morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19. Further, the number of people in the world who are 60 years old and over is anticipated to grow by 56% between 2015 and 2030. Medical care and treatment become more complex for this growing population as they age.
To address the needs of those who are 65 years of age and older, the MHA Keystone Center is launching its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community. The community will run from March through September 2021. Funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and offered to MHA members free of charge, the initiative will demonstrate how to meet the needs of older adults and provide high-quality care and better health outcomes.
Given that older adults are at a higher risk for morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19, the MHA Keystone Center Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community will serve as a supportive community for healthcare teams working to provide evidence-based care to this population. Additionally, the Action Community will adapt the content to best meet the needs of the evolving pandemic.
The project replicates the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, which was launched in 2017 by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Action Communities are composed of teams across different health systems and settings that come together to accelerate the testing and adoption of the 4Ms Framework: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility.
The Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community is open to hospital-based, ambulatory care and extended care teams. 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.
Healthcare teams who are interested in participating in this Action Community can enroll online. Additional information on the Action Community is available on the MHA Keystone Center website. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.