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Health Minute: Age-Friendly Care

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The longer we live, the more unique our health needs become. Receiving health care that respects individuals is at the heart of Age-Friendly Care, PA, a collaborative supporting rural, medically underserved parts of Pennsylvania. It teaches the “4Ms” framework to ensure older adults are understood and cared for in ways that optimize their health and well-being.

The 4Ms are: What Matters, Mentation, Mobility, and Medications.

In practice, the 4Ms instruct caregivers to become familiar with their patients’ goals and preferences for care; to screen for and manage any brain conditions; to keep the patient moving and active; and to avoid high-risk or problematic medications.

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Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.