Age-Friendly Health Systems

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is utilizing the Age-Friendly Health Systems framework of the 4Ms, which represents a broad shift by health systems to focus on the needs of older adults.

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is utilizing the Age-Friendly Health Systems framework of the 4Ms, which represents a broad shift by health systems to focus on the needs of older adults.

The framework of the 4Ms organizes care and focuses on the older adults' wellness and strengths; these apply regardless of the functional problems older adults may experience and are inclusive of various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. As GWEP works in Minnesota communities, we will incorporate the frame of the Age-Friendly Health System into existing health system resources.

The 4Ms Framework Focus on the Needs of Older Adults

4ms Framework

Age-Friendly Glossary

Table Field
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 processsigned by highest elected official; community planning / operations with age-friendly lens Hennepin, Olmstead
State AARP / WHO Application processsigned 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 Michigan State