What are the 4Ms?
The 4Ms: what matters most, mind, mobility, and medicines. Think of these as (a) four opportunities for greater health and (b) four areas of greatest risk for disability in older adults.
- what Matters most (to you): planning the care you want
- your Mind and memory
- your Mobility: balance and walking
- your Medicines
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A Note from Dr. Wehry
When I ask many older adults, what matters most to them, I often hear ‘remaining independent’ or ‘staying in my own home’. Sometimes, achieving those goals requires a helping hand and that’s why Direct Care Workers are so vitally important to Maine’s age-friendly healthcare system. Please watch this brief video to learn more about this rewarding career.Dr. Susan Wehry, Director, AgingME
Who is AgingME?
Maine’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program—known as AgingME — aims to create a more age-friendly health system by better preparing an age-capable workforce, transforming primary care practices and engaging and empowering older adults. Find out more
What is an Age-Friendly Health System?
An Age-Friendly Health System is one which seeks to cause no harm; is guided by what is important to the older adult and by an essential set of practices related to the 4Ms: what matters most, mind, mobility, and medicines. Think of these as four opportunities for greater health and four areas of greatest risk for disability in older adults. Learn more about the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).