Monday, January 9, 2012

Pain Management in the Elderly: 7 Things to Consider from Nurse Together

Improved management of chronic pain can significantly reduce disability in older adults, according to an issue of the What's Hot newsletter from The Gerontological Society of America.

Pain in aging adults has historically been poorly reported, recognized and managed. There has been a lack of identifying pain as a real problem in the elderly, particularly in long term care facilities and patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

We know how pain can affect us in our daily activities: A terrible headache or backache will limit our activity, decrease our concentration, and affect our mood. We can take an over the counter or prescription medication, use heat or ice, and reduce or resolve the pain, and go on with our day.

For the full article please go here.

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