UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic Recognized as Age-Friendly Health System

By Vanessa Lee

An Age-Friendly Health System provides high-quality care that follows the 4Ms framework -- What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility.

An Age-Friendly Health System provides high-quality care that follows the 4Ms framework — What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility.

Such recognition is provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and The John A. Hartford Foundation. The Age-Friendly Health System is an initiative that involves consistently providing a set of four evidence-based elements of high-quality care known as the “4Ms” framework to all older adults within the system. The 4Ms framework is described as: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility.

The Arkansas Geriatric Educational Collaborative (AGEC) partnered with the Longevity Clinic in January 2021 to assist and guide them in attaining this recognition.

Over 46 million Americans are over the age of 65, a number that is expected to double by 2060. This initiative aims to improve care provided to the aging population by focusing on each of the 4Ms while considering “What Matters” most to the older adult at every decision point.

Danette Scherer, MSN, RN, a nurse educator for AGEC, provided Age-Friendly trainings to the entire staff of the Longevity Clinic, which was required to earn the initial, Level I certification. The AGEC will continue working with the Longevity Clinic to further incorporate the 4Ms into the standard of care while applying for the second and final level of IHI Age-Friendly certification.

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