President, The John A. Hartford Foundation
The Evidence for Age-Friendly Care
The greatest success story of the 20th century is human longevity. With the extension of years to life, it is imperative that we ensure quality of health and healthcare for older adults everywhere. This requires the development of an age-friendly ecosystem. The Age-Friendly Health Systems movement started by The John A. Hartford Foundation in 2016, in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association, is one key component. Over 2,000 hospitals, medical practices, convenient care clinics and nursing homes are implementing the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms framework: what Matters to the patient (person), Medication, Mentation, and Mobility. In 2017, JAHF also began the Age-Friendly Public Health Systems initiative under the leadership of Trust for America’s Health, which began and continues in Florida.
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. She serves as the chief strategist for the Foundation and her vision for better care of older adults is catalyzing the Age-Friendly Health Systems social movement. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and recently served on the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. She previously served as Dean of Health Sciences at Northeastern University and Founding Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is also known for conceptualization and development of the national NICHE program and research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect. She is the first nurse to have served on the board of the American Geriatrics Society. She is also the first nurse to have served as President of the Gerontological Society of America, which awarded her the 2019 Donald P. Kent Award for exemplifying the highest standards for professional leadership in the field of aging.