Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems – A Vision for Better Care of Older Adults

Kedar S. Mate
Amy Berman
Mara Laderman
Andrea Kabcenell
Terry Fulmer
Peer-Reviewed Article
August 2017

This resource describes the background, strategy, and design of the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative.

  • In November 2015, The John A. Hartford Foundation determined that a social movement was needed to systematically spread and scale up care models tailored to the needs of older adults. To this end, the foundation established the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative in the U.S.

  • This initiative builds on features of successful care models, including leadership committed to addressing ageism, staff who are trained in the care of older adults, and care coordination with other organizations.

  • The goal of the initiative is to reach 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020, with plans to subsequently reach additional entities.

Plans include testing, refining, and scaling up the Age-Friendly Health System within five major U.S. health systems in two years, and then spreading quickly to ultimately reach hundreds of facilities around the country.

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