Stria has published an article, "Discovering the 4Ms: A Framework for Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems," by Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Dr. Fulmer outlines what the '4Ms' are, "essential, initial elements that systems need to provide older adults with the best care possible": 
 

  • What Matters: Understanding what each patient’s health goals and care preference are across settings to know and align care, including (but not limited to) end-of-life.
  • Medication: If medications are necessary, using age-friendly medications that do not interfere with What Matters, Mentation or Mobility.
  • Mentation: Preventing, identifying, treating, and managing dementia, depression and delirium across care settings
  • Mobility: Ensuring that older adults move safely every day to maintain function and do What Matters to them.

She discusses how these high-level interventions provide a much-needed framework for helping system leaders and frontline teams consistently deliver high-quality, age-friendly care. 
 

To read the article, click here.
To learn more about the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, click here.