Why We Need a Better Way to Manage Chronic Pain in Seniors

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Seniors need a different approach to managing chronic pain.

Since the large population of baby boomers continue to age, and as our life span continues being extended, our understanding with regards to coping with chronic pain in seniors has evolved accordingly. Currently, more than 50% of those over age 65 complain of persistent pain—and for ¾ of those dealing with chronic pain, the pain exhibits in a number of locations—and it is unfavorably affecting their physical function and wellbeing.

To manage this pain, physicians frequently depend on prescribed opiates, that could lead to contraindications with other medications and substances such as alcohol, in addition to serious addiction concerns; and to top it all off, opiates are not shown to be effective long-term for chronic pain—and in reality, may actually worsen such conditions.

It’s important to look at the full spectrum of older adult needs when trying to manage chronic pain: physical, psychological, and social. Atlanta Home Care Partners, providers of the top in-home caregivers Atlanta families trust, helps seniors address the following needs:

Physical: Communication between all medical providers is critical, to be certain all prescribed medications are safe when taken with each other, and that treatment is individualized to tackle the precise needs of aging adults, taking into consideration slowed metabolism, increased likelihood to utilize or abuse alcohol, physical inactivity, and more. Many older adults also find that it’s beneficial to be involved in activities that move the focus away from the physical pain, including yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Psychological: The incidence of depression, dementia and anxiety is increased in older adults. Exploring non-medicated care options such as exercise, cognitive, behavioral, problem-solving, and interpersonal therapy may be beneficial.

Social: Isolation is an issue for a number of seniors, as a result of the loss of loved ones, inability to operate a vehicle, illness, frailty, retirement, and more. Addressing the need for increased socialization is an essential element of an older adult’s overall well-being and health.

The good news is, a qualified in-home caregiver, like the caregivers at Atlanta Home Care Partners, will help seniors physically, emotionally, and socially through a variety of customized care plans, including:

  • Medication reminders
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Planning and preparing wholesome meals
  • Providing transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments in addition to fun outings, fitness classes, and much more
  • Serving as a friendly companion to take part in favorite pastimes to reduce loneliness and isolation
  • And more, depending on each senior’s unique needs

Call Atlanta Home Care Partners any time at (404) 228-0103 to request resources related to your senior loved one’s specific challenges, for more information about our in-home care solutions, or to arrange a no cost in-home consultation.

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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