Healthy Aging Planning Grant

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COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY

Older adults generally have the greatest use of medications and at the same time, suffer from adverse consequences associated with the use of these medications. These reasons include the concurrent use of multiple medications, changes in body physiology which requires special considerations for their medications, and the long-term use of medications which can lead to toxicity as well as micronutrient deficiencies which further harm their health.

By addressing negative health impacts on older adults from prescription medication and taking aggressive action to change prescribing and monitoring practices, we have the potential to save hundreds of lives in our region and prevent thousands of people from experiencing adverse outcomes.

FOCUS

The Healthy Aging (4M4ME) planning grant seeks to address the alarming problem of medication overload  by convening local partners to develop sustainable strategies to improve medication use by reduction of overprescribing and/or unnecessary,
inappropriate medications among older adults, thus improving their health and quality of life. This
planning process will involve the full engagement of cross-sectoral stakeholders and providers and will
develop wide reaching, evidence based, effective actions and new methods of analyzing and using data
related to medication overload. Specifically, the planning process will result in an implementation plan focused on how to address: 

1. Overprescribing to older adults and associated de-prescribing opportunities
2. Medication induced toxicities and nutrient deficiencies
3. Inappropriate selection of medications for older adults and effective use of the BEERS criteria.

PARTNERS

MiHIA, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical, Ascension – St. Mary’s , Healthsource Saginaw,  CMU College of Medicine, CMU Health Partners,  Covenant, Gene-5, Great Lakes Bay Health Center, Great Lakes Physicians Organization,  Masonic Pathways, McLaren-Bay Region, Michigan Pharmacists Association, MidMichigan Health,  Michigan Health Improvement Network (MIHIN), New Hope Village Assisted Living and Care,  QuadMed, Region VII Area Agency on Aging, Midland County Senior Services, SVSU Nurse Practitioner Leadership

FUNDER

Michigan Health Endowment Fund