Hebrew SeniorLife Selected for Nationwide Collaborative to Accelerate the System-Wide Spread of Age-Friendly Care for Older Adults

Only health system selected in Massachusetts.

Hebrew SeniorLife is one of the 30 U.S. health systems selected to participate in the Age-Friendly System-Wide Spread Collaborative, and the only health system in Massachusetts chosen. 

This first-of-its-kind Collaborative, led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will accelerate and spread the adoption of evidence-based, high-quality care for older adults across all of its sites and care settings. 

The Collaborative is the latest endeavor of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, which promotes four evidence-based elements of high-quality care known as the 4Ms: What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility. 

Hebrew SeniorLife previously earned the initiative’s Committed to Care Excellence designation after demonstrating the reliable practice of the 4Ms. Now, during this 18-month Collaborative, Hebrew SeniorLife will build on its progress and test changes to ensure that the 4Ms are provided equitably as a standard practice as older adults receive care across its entire system. All participating teams in the Collaborative will learn from each other and expert faculty, and be among the first health systems to achieve an ambitious new Institute for Healthcare Improvement recognition for the system-wide spread of age-friendly care.  

“Hebrew SeniorLife is committed to staying on the leading edge of patient care, always looking for proven ways to deliver safe, equitable, and reliable care to all of our patients,” said Hebrew SeniorLife CEO and President Steven H. Landers, MD, MPH. “The Age-Friendly Systems-Wide Spread Collaborative advances this commitment and will give us the tools we need to provide the highest standard of care to every older adult at every care interaction.”

“We are honored to have Hebrew SeniorLife participating in this Collaborative and applaud their dedication to equitably delivering age-friendly care as older adults and their family caregivers receive care across their practices, hospitals, and nursing homes,” said Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Leslie Pelton, MPA. “This is an exciting and ambitious endeavor and a testament to the increasing importance of the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement as we prepare our health systems and workforce to provide excellent care to the growing older adult population.” 

Since 2018, the movement has recognized 3,907 care settings as Age-Friendly, benefiting 3.29 million older adults who have received age-friendly care centered around what matters to them and their families. Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. 

About Hebrew SeniorLife

Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Hebrew SeniorLife cares for more than 4,500 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-Boston and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-NewBridge in Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; Jack Satter House, Revere; and Leyland Community, Dorchester. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife also conducts influential research into aging at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, which has a portfolio of more than $98 million, making it one of the largest gerontological research facilities in the U.S. in a clinical setting. It also trains more than 500 geriatric care providers each year. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit our website or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Threads, and LinkedIn.