Dakota Geriatrics
A HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
Great Plains Consortium

Become Age-Friendly Certified

Want better care for older adults? Dakota Geriatrics can assist clinics and long-term care programs to become Age-Friendly Healthcare systems. The certification process is sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. To become certified, clinical operations reliably adopt the 4M framework whereby each clinical encounter assesses and manages What Matters Most, Medications, Mobility and Mind. By applying this framework, better outcomes are achieved with older adult healthcare. The Dakota Geriatrics program provides 1:1 counseling and training videos to assist in the process of becoming Age Friendly.

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.

Become an Age-Friendly Community & Facility

To be Age-Friendly certified, there are three main levels: Gaining Knowledge of the 4M's, Educating your Team as Age-Friendly, and Develop Age-Friendly Plan with ongoing education.

Level 1: Gaining Knowledge of the 4M's

The Age-Friendly care model focuses on the 4Ms framework — What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility — which makes care of older adults, that can be complex, more manageable.

Level 2: Educating your Team as Age-Friendly

Level 3: Develop Your Age-Friendly Plan

Helpful Tool

The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Worksheet is a simple tool to perform rapid cycle testing to assess whether a change leads to an improvement. PDSA cycles can be logged and tracked on your project planning form.

Cognitive Resources

Training Curriculum


Opioids Resource

Telehealth Resource

  • The Annual Wellness Visit Telemedicine Toolkit
    In response to the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Medical Group has compiled a number of resources designed to help you and your practice continue providing Medicare's initial and subsequent Annual Wellness Visit using telemedicine.

For more resources, see our Age-Friendly Microlearning.