The United States of Aging Survey reveals a few important disparities between the concerns of seniors and those who care for them.

The survey, conducted annually by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), The National Council on Aging, and UnitedHealthcare, compares the views of adults aged sixty and over with those who work with seniors, including primary care physicians, pharmacists, staff members from Area Agencies on Aging, and financial managers.

This year’s survey revealed that nearly half of adults surveyed feel that they are “very prepared” for getting older. However, only 10% of the professionals who care for them feel the same way.

Other findings provide further detail on these differences. For example, 65% of seniors reported that they have at least two chronic medical conditions, but less than 20% has had help in developing an action plan for managing their health.

Although “mental sharpness” was a concern for both seniors and those who care for them, seniors felt that the most important component is “keeping a positive attitude,” while the professionals consider social activity to be of primary importance.

These differences suggest a perhaps overly positive attitude on the part of seniors regarding how to take care of themselves as they age. Beacon of LIFE, a government-approved PACE program in Oceanport, NJ, offers a way to bridge this gap. Our mission is to meet the health, social, and nutritional needs of seniors while they continue to live in their community.

Beacon of LIFE maintains an interdisciplinary team of professionals who give each client the coordinated care they need. Our staff specialize in working with older people, and work with each client and their family to develop the most effective plan of care.

Our care covers virtually everything our participants need, all at one low price. Our services include primary care, hospital care, medical specialty services, prescription drugs, nursing home care, emergency services, home care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, adult day care, recreational therapy, meals, dentistry, nutritional counseling, social services, laboratory / X-ray services, social work counseling, and transportation.

At Beacon of Life, we allow people who would otherwise need to live in a nursing home to live where they want — in their own communities, in their own homes.

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