Age-Friendly Health Systems

Launched in 2019, the Age-Friendly Health System seeks to transform health systems to provide evidence-based higher quality care to older adults. It is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States

Age-Friendly Health Systems Participant Badge

The 4Ms Framework Focus on the Needs of Older Adults

4ms Framework

What is an Age-Friendly Health System?

The Age-Friendly Health Systems movement is one of many efforts to promote an Age-Friendly society. This glossary describes some of those movements.

Age-Friendly Glossary

Age-Friendly WHAT? Who Sponsors Key Feature Example
Community AARP / WHO Application process assigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with Age-Friendly lens Alexandria, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Northfield
County AARP / WHO Application process assigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with Age-Friendly lens Hennepin, Olmstead
State AARP / WHO Application process assigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with Age-Friendly lens Minnesota
Health System IHI / John Hartford Foundation Addresses 4Ms in medical care Hospitals, ERs, clinics
Action Community IHI Eight-month process for health system to become Age-Friendly Smiley's clinic and CUHCC in MN Northstar GWEP
University Dublin City University; AGHEd Adoption / I University of Minnesota, Michigan State
Older woman with a nurse