The MHA Keystone Center held an in-person meeting Dec. 5 for its Age-Friendly Health System Action Community, an initiative that was launched in October. Forty people from 10 participating organizations gathered to learn and share experiences on how to make their health organization more age-friendly and better serve older residents, while lowering costs of care.
Michigan Health Endowment Fund CEO Paul Hillegonds kicked off the meeting, acknowledging the importance of the age-friendly model and the dedication of the attendees to improve the health and care of older adults in Michigan. This philanthropic foundation funds the initiative in Michigan.
Attendees heard from two patient advisers who shared their past experiences and how healthcare staff can better engage with patients and their caregivers in this work. In addition, faculty expert Michelle Moccia, DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN, GS-C, shared why the work matters and the pitfalls and successes hospitals can expect during implementation. Moccia is director for the Age-Friendly Health Systems program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia, which is a pioneer hospital in the movement.
Additional faculty experts included Jason Hecht, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, clinical pharmacy specialist at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor; Pat Posa, BSN, MSA, FAAN, quality and patient safety program manager at University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers; and Arlene Stroller, MS, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, GCNS, CDP, geriatric clinical nurse specialist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA.
Small-group facilitation by the faculty experts allowed attendees to focus on the specific areas of the 4Ms (medication, mentation, mobility and what matters); discuss key strategies, tools and obstacles; and learn about additional resources and next steps. The meeting ended with the faculty experts sharing their insight on how the 4Ms can be used throughout the continuum of care.
Healthcare teams that wish to enroll or have questions about the action community should contact the MHA Keystone Center.