Pain and the Elderly

Mimi M.Y. Tse, PhD
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong, China

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc,
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Disability Studies
BISAC: SOC029000

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Pain is a common issue among the elderly. Common causes of pain in this population include angina, arthritis, bone and joint disorders, neuropathies and other chronic conditions. When we become more aware of the importance of healthy aging, we often neglect the significance of pain management in older adults and, therefore, pain in older adults is often under-treated. Pain under-treatment in this population is the result of misconceptions regarding the aging process, difficulty accessing care, and the stigma associated with admission of pain and reluctance to medicate.

In fact, unrelieved pain has a severe impact on both the individual and the society, which further increases the burden of medical and social services. Given the aging population globally and the increasing burden on medical and social services, it is worthwhile to empower older adults to be more independent and take more responsibility in their aging process via the use of various non-pharmacological strategies. It is our hope that this research will increase the quality of life for this population and save health care resources and expenses in the long term. In this book, you will find information on non-pharmacological approaches to manage pain, which we hope will be of use to the reader. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Section One: Introduction

Chapter 1. Pain and the Elderly

Section Two: Pain and Older Adults

Chapter 2. Pain Management for Older Persons Living in Nursing Homes

Chapter 3. Community-Dwelling Older Persons with Chronic Pain

Chapter 4. Cancer Pain

Chapter 5. Happiness among Community-Dwelling Older Persons

Chapter 6. Pain Beliefs and Pain-Related Profiles of Older Persons

Chapter 7. Pain and Psychological Well-Being

Chapter 8. The Effectiveness of an Integrated Pain Management

Chapter 9. The Effects of Acupressure in Older Adults with Chronic Knee Pain

Chapter 10. Humor Therapy

Chapter 11. Profile of Pain and Use of Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Methods for Relieving Pain

Chapter 12. A Multisensory Stimulation Approach

Chapter 13. The Effect of Music Therapy

Chapter 14. Enhancing Quality of Life for Older Persons

Chapter 15. Planning Patient-Centered Intervention

Chapter 16. Visual Stimulation as Pain Relief

Section Three: Acknowledgements

Chapter 17. About the Authors

Chapter 18. About the School of Nursing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Chapter 19. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 20. About the Book Series “Disability Studies”

Section Four: Index

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