Chronic Pain — 10 December 2013

By Richard Lenti

Over half of older adults in the United States – nearly 19 million people – have bothersome pain that impairs their ability to walk and other basic physical activity, according to a new study published in the journal Pain.

“Pain is common in older adults and one of the major reasons why we start slowing down as we age,” said lead investigator Kushang V. Patel, PhD, of the Center for Pain Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington.

Researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study, which was designed to investigate multiple aspects of functioning in later life.

More than 7,600 people, aged 65 and older, were surveyed. All of the interviews were conducted in the homes of study participants living in community or residential care facilities, such as retirement or assisted-living communities.

The overall prevalence of bothersome pain in the study was 52.9%. Pain was more common in women and in older adults with obesity, musculoskeletal conditions, and symptoms of depression.  Nearly three out of four older adults with pain reported multiple sites of pain, such as the back, hips and knees.

Read more at National Pain Report.


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Richard Lenti

Richard Lenti has worked as a news writer for the last 20 years at various television stations in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Mike winner and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. With roots in print journalism, Richard is excited to be “published” once again; having people read his work as opposed to having it read to them. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in the Easy Reader, L.A. Jazz Scene, Irrigation and Green Industry, and the KCAL 9 Online website.

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