Creating Age-Friendly Health Communities
Age-Friendly Health Systems are health care systems that use the 4Ms framework created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement:
- Asking What Matters to older adults, making sure that the care plan fits what matters
- Reviewing Medications, decreasing high-risk medications when possible
- Addressing Mentation, or Mind by screening for dementia and depression, then treating or referring to specialists
- Assess Mobility and take action on a plan to move more and better
For more about the 4Ms, watch this introductory video.
Since most health practice happens outside of the health system, CATCH-ON is looking to create Age-Friendly Health Communities (AFHCs) that also include older adults, their families, community-based organizations and universities. Older adults and their families play a big role in designing what AFHCs look like.