Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

17th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

Creating an Age-Friendly Health System: The 4M Cornerstones 

SAVE the DATES: August 26-27, 2019 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort Snowbird, UT

Link to Conference Brochure with Agenda and other infomation!

Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Sudore, MD: Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH, AGSF: Professor of Medicine & Director, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sunny Linnebur, Pharm.D, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, BCGP: Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Program Overview:

This conference presents comprehensive overviews of developments in providing healthcare for older populations. Each year a different geriatric topic is explored in depth.

Conference Focus:

This year's conference invites professionals across health care disciplines and professionals working in geriatric fields to become familiar with the 4M cornerstones of an Age-Friendly Health System: What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility.  These essential, evidence-based interventions address the complex needs of older adults with the goal of delivering high quality and age-friendly care across settings of care - including hospitals, primary care, home health, and other settings.  Each component of the 4Ms will be explored in order to improve care.  Participants will leave the conference with practical tools to provide, and optimize, safe, effective, and patient-centered care.  They will discover how to operationalize and integrate the 4Ms into health systems to identify the goals of patients, promote physical function, address cognitive health, and prevent polypharmacy, and to provide connections to community resources.

Target Audience: 

This conference is appropriate for interprofessional health care providers: nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and pharmacists. We welcome health care policymakers, assisted living, hospital, nursing home providers, administrators, community care coordinators, and all who provide care and services for older adults.

Program Objectives:

After completing this learning activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the 4Ms framework of age-friendly health care and explain why "What Matters" is the springboard of the 4Ms
  2. Understand the importance of appropriate and age-friendly medications for older adults and address medication reconciliation.
  3. Recognize safety measures to help patients maintain function and learn how to implement mobility plans for older adults
  4. Describe and address areas of mentation across health care settings
  5. Identify community-based organizations that are important partners of the 4Ms
  6. Promote collaboration across disciplines to improve age-friendly health care.

The Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference is produced by the Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, in affiliation with the Salt Lake City VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and the University of Utah Center on Aging.


Accreditation: The University Of Utah School Of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NONDISCRIMINATION AND DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: The University of Utah does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or sexual orientation in admission to or participation in its programs and activities.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request, with reasonable notice.  Requests for accommodations or inquiries or complaints about University nondiscrimination and disability/access policies may be directed to the Director, OEO/AA, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 201 S President’s Circle, RM 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365 (Voice/TTY), 801-585-5746 (Fax).