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What Matters

What Matters focuses on what is most important in an older adult’s life, such as understanding who the person is and what their priorities are when it comes to their health. Knowing What Matters improves communication between older adults, care partners and the health care team.

This video discusses:

  • Getting to know the older adult as a unique person
  • Understanding health goals and care preferences
  • Learning what the older adult wants if they get sick or can no longer make decisions for themselves

Valuing older adults as unique individuals with their own health priorities and care preferences improves the delivery of care!

We encourage older adults, care partners and their health care team to engage in open and honest conversations about care before their health worsens and they can no longer make decisions for themselves.