Second Wave – Michigan: Michigan pursues “age-friendly everything” to support growing older adult population

Ewa Panetta

Second Wave – Michigan published a story June 24 about the age-friendly everything movement in Michigan, including the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative.

The story includes a quote from Ewa Panetta, manager, patient safety & quality, MHA Keystone Center. Panetta discusses the 4Ms Framework that hospitals active in the MHA Keystone Center Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community are implementing in their organizations. She also shares an example of how simple solutions can be used to align communities more with age.

“There are simple solutions that we don't think about unless we are in a specific situation," said Panetta. "We are all going to get older and age. Our goal is that we can age in a way that still provides quality of life."

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Testimony on Age-Friendly Care Delivered in House Committee

EWA testimony

Ewa Panetta, manager of safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, discussing the importance of integrating more age-friendly initiatives into hospitals.Ewa Panetta, manager of safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, testified before the Michigan House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee Feb. 26 to discuss the importance of integrating more age-friendly initiatives into hospitals.

Panetta’s testimony noted that Michigan has the highest concentration of older residents in the country. The increase in residents’ age and health concerns, along with the challenges of social and home support dynamics for older residents, make developing age-friendly care settings and processes vital for the well-being of Michigan’s aging patients.

The MHA Keystone Center Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community focuses on deploying the evidence-based “4Ms” framework for creating age-friendly care environments. This includes focusing on what matters to the patient/family, medication (using age-friendly medications that don’t interfere with mobility, mentation or what matters), mentation (preventing, identifying and appropriately treating things like dementia, depression and delirium) and mobility (ensuring older adults move safely every day to maintain and improve function).

The Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community supports the state’s effort to make its communities and places more age-friendly. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Oct. 7 that Michigan has joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The action is intended to help the state prepare for dramatic and imminent demographic changes and ensure that Michigan communities can take steps to accommodate all ages. The state’s application was accepted by AARP and the World Health Organization and certification was awarded. Michigan is the 5th state to join these networks.

Prior to testifying before the committee, Panetta and other members of the MHA Keystone Center visited Eaton Rapids Medical Center, which is enrolled in the action community, for site-specific support in deploying the 4Ms framework and being recognized as Age-Friendly Health Systems by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Together with subject matter expert Michelle Moccia, DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN, GS-C, program director, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia, the team provided education, resources and implementation strategies during the visit.