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Graceful Health | Dr. Vallario: ‘Age-friendly’ health care good for older patients

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Dr. Ron Vallario David C. Barnum September is Healthy Aging Month, and Grace Cottage Family Health’s primary care clinic and Grace Cottage Hospital have each individually been recognized as “Age-Friendly” health care facilities by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement.

What exactly is “age-friendly” health care?

Age-friendly health care addresses the unique needs and wishes of older patients to help them enjoy a better quality of life. It is care that is safe and based on research showing the most important things to pay attention to as we get older.

We all deserve health care that meets our needs as we age. As a geriatrician at Grace Cottage, I seek to meet each individual patient’s needs. Geriatricians are primary care doctors who have additional training in treating older adults, especially those 65 and up.

One approach that helps me accomplish this is to consider the “4 Ms”: what matters, medication, mentation and mobility. These 4 Ms represent the four most important considerations for health care as we age. This “age-friendly” health systems approach is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the institute in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

The first M is […]

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