In America’s current health system, older adults regularly experience inappropriate care and a lack of attention to their wishes. To address this problem, The John A. Hartford Foundation and its partners are implementing the Age-Friendly Health Systems (AFHS) initiative. An Age-Friendly Health System is one in which every older adult receives the best possible care, does not experience harms related to health care and is satisfied with the health care he or she receives.
Clinical-community collaborations are key to this effort and to improving the health and quality of life of older adults. Whether it is through providing evidence-based health promotion programs, dementia care, transportation or other services addressing social and behavioral determinants of health, community-based organizations in the Aging Network can offer critical skills and services related to the four high-level interventions (the “4 Ms”) that are the focus of the AFHS initiative.
This February 20, 2019 webinar outlines the initiative and demonstrates how the Maryland-based Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is working with the Anne Arundel Medical Center to implement an Age-Friendly Health System statewide. Participants will learn about the partnership, the initiative’s early results, and how professionals working in the field of aging can promote this movement in their communities.
• Susan Shelton, Assisted Living Program Director, Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities
• Lil Banchero, Senior Director, Institute of Healthy Aging at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC)
Viewers will be able to:
• Describe the Age-Friendly Health Systems model and its interventions;
• Identify ways in which they can contribute to the development of Age-Friendly Health Systems in their communities; and
• Describe the role of community-based organizations in implementing Age-Friendly Health Systems.