According to the US Census Bureau, the US population aged 65+ years is expected to nearly double over the next 30 years, to an estimated 83.7 million in 2050. This reality will leave our health systems behind as they struggle to reliably provide medical care to every older adult, at every care interaction.
What Does It Mean to Be Age-Friendly?
The goal of the Age-Friendly Health Systems Initiative is to rapidly spread the 4M’s Framework to 20% of all US hospitals and medical practices by 2020. The 4M’s are:
Age-Friendly Health Systems aim to follow an essential set of evidenced-based practices; cause no harm; and always align with What Matters to the older adult and their family caregivers.
What is MGH doing to be Age Friendly?
Mass General has been working hard towards becoming an Age Friendly Health System. This is a new and very important Hospital priority, so that every interaction, with every person, 65 and over, supports excellent care that is compassionate, patient-centered and thorough. The 4M’s Frameworks gives all practitioners a context in which to accomplish these goals.
Actions thus far:
Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), designed Age-Friendly Health Systems to meet the challenges of this growing population head on.