Becoming an Age-Friendly Health System:
Rethinking how we care for older adults at Banner University Medical Center
What are Age-Friendly Health Systems and Why are They Important?
- We live in a rapidly aging society, and over 2/3 of older adults live with 2+ chronic conditions and complex social issues
- Older adults have higher health care utilization, and experience higher health care-related harm, delay and discoordination.
An Age-Friendly Health System puts into practice specific, evidence-based geriatric best-practice interventions: The “4Ms” Model – Medications, Mobility, Mentation and What Matters Most - to achieve better outcomes, reduced waste, increased use of cost-effective services, and improved reputation