The January 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGs) includes the paper, "The Age-Friendly Health System Imperative," by Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Kedar S. Mate, MD, and Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN, along with a related editorial, "Age-Friendly Health Systems: Their Time Has Come," by Kyle Allen, DO, and Joseph G. Ouslander, MD.
These were both first available online in September.
The John A. Hartford Foundation is partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to envision an age-friendly health system of the future. The current prototyping for new ways of addressing the complex and interrelated needs of older adults provides great promise for a more-effective, patient-directed, safer healthcare system. Five early-adopter health systems are testing the prototypes with continuous improvement efforts that will streamline and enhance the initiative's approach to geriatric care.