Pain is often under-reported in the senior population because some elderly patients incorrectly believe that pain is a normal process of aging, they don’t want to appear to be a malingerer, or they don’t want to be a nuisance.
When I’m attending MD appointments with my clients, this is something I have to remind them to report.
If you are able to, accompany them to their MD appointment to be sure they mention the fact that they have pain.
If your aging loved one is experiencing pain there are some very effective treatments both with medication and some non medication options.
One very effective way to help decrease their pain is through regular exercise. This doesn’t have to be vigorous. Gentle stretches and moving their arms and shoulders through all the range of motion and some slow steady walks can produce great results. This keeps their joints mobile, releases some “feel good” chemicals in their brain called endorphins. Endorphins help decrease pain by improving mood. Exercise also gives them a way to help themselves during a time when they may be feeling hopeless to effect much of the downward trend they may be facing.
Many studies show great benefit from exercise for people in their 70′s, 80′s and 90′s even if they’ve never exercised in the past.
There are many other non medication choices for pain control. to learn more, go to:
You can listen to the episode on Pain in the Elderly.