What is the Age-Friendly Health System Initiative?

An Age-Friendly Health System is one in which every older adult’s care:

  • Is guided by an essential set of evidence-based practices (4Ms)
  • Causes no harm
  • Is consistent with What Matters to the older adult and their family

4Ms Framework of Age-Friendly Health Systems

The 4Ms

What Matters

Know and align care with each older adult’s specific health outcome goals and care preferences across all settings of care including, but not limited to, end-of-life care.


If medication is necessary, use age-friendly medication that does not interfere with What Matters, Mobility or Mentation across all settings of care.


Prevent, identify, treat and manage dementia, depression and delirium across all settings of care.


Ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do What Matters.

Age Friendly Health System


Accredited Geriatric Emergency Department

Accredited Geriatric Emergency DepartmentAs an Accredited Geriatric Emergency Department, Saddleback Medical Center's protocol-driven approach to geriatric care allows us to provide superior, tailored care. Seniors who visit our emergency department can be assured that the facility has the necessary expertise, equipment and personnel in place to provide optimal care. We’re excited that our dedication to this population has been recognized and look forward to many more years of building the best geriatric emergency department for our community.

Learn more about Saddleback Medical Center emergency services here.