Pain is a common health issue for older people. Conditions such as arthritis, shingles, bone and joint disorders, and cancer, which often occur more frequently in older adults, are one reason safe and effective pain management is such an important part of high quality care for seniors. If you have persistent (continuing) pain, it can be hard to do the things you like to do, especially if your pain is not properly managed. Good pain management can also keep you healthier by enabling you to stay active, to eat and sleep better, and to enjoy a more active social life.
There are many ways to relieve pain. In addition to medication, other approaches, such as gentle exercise, relaxation techniques, hot or cold compresses, massage, and liniments, can help with pain relief. To help older adults and their caregivers understand safe approaches to pain management, Healthinaging.org has just released a series of new patient and caregiver materials:
- Persistent Pain: A Narrated Presentation for Caregivers: You can listen and watch this video for expert advice on how to help an older person manage their pain. The video has illustrations and includes information on how you can help, what you can do, and when you should call a healthcare professional.
- Ask the Expert: In this Q&A feature, Drs. David Mehr and Keela Herr answer questions on how to deal with pain that is ongoing (persistent pain).
- Tips on Dealing with Persistent Pain in Older Adults: This handy sheet of 10 tips is an easy-to-understand guide for older adults and caregivers.
- Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medications for Older Adults: This comprehensive guide includes information about the different types of medications that are used to treat pain. It explains what these medicines are, how they work, and their potential side effects.
Click this link to visit our pain management chapter for more information.
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