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New Data Shows Best Practices for Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements, Training

Resources for Integrated Care, a website dedicated to adults dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, has released a new webinar to help participants identify common causes of pain among the elderly, utilize effective treatment, and help older adults self-manage pain in a healthy way.

About half of older adults report suffering bothersome pain within the last month, with three quarters experiencing that pain in more than one area. Click To Tweet

Ineffective treatment of this kind of constant pain often leads to serious health concerns for the elderly, including depression, decreased ability to socialize, impaired sleep, increased falls, malnutrition, and decreased quality of life. Additionally, older adults eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are much more likely to experience this dangerous form of pain, and research indicates that chronic pain often goes unnoticed or is improperly treated by caretakers.

Speakers during the webinar include experts with in-depth knowledge on the use of opioids and strategies to help patients with a history of opioid use disorder to help manage chronic pain. A highlight speaker is an adult with real, live experience managing chronic pain, who shares important insights on how to properly care for and support dually eligible older adults.

The original article can be found here.