The UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging has successfully attained Level I Certification as an Age-Friendly Health System, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced Wednesday.
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 the recognition, according to a press release. More than 46 million Americans are over the age of 65, a number that is expected to double by 2060. The 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.