Next Free Webinar – What Matters? – The Foundation of Age Friendly Health Systems – October 18th at noon

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

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The Age-Friendly Health System model is spreading in Minnesota, with “What Matters?” as its key aspect. The presentation will describe why this is important to older people, various ways to explore this question, and how to build a care plan based on patient/caregiver values and preferences.


  • Describe the 4 M’s of Age Friendly Health Systems
  • Inquire about What Matters to older persons in various scenarios
  • Develop care plans based upon What Matters to older people

Dr. Ed Ratner, MD, is a specialist in geriatrics and palliative care with over 35 years of experience in all settings of care. He has promoted Age-Friendly Health Systems as a faculty member of the Minneapolis VA Geriatrics Research Education Clinical Center and the University of Minnesota’s NorthStar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

Dr. Ratner received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College. His medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine were at the University of Chicago and affiliate hospitals.