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In an article published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers state that “Psychoactive substance use may be risky for adults with functional impairments.” Those who reported impairment were also more likely to report taking prescription opioids, tranquilizers/sedatives, and using...

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Stress can be bad. But just how bad? And when, and for how long? The journal of Stress & Health published an article investigated long-term marriages over 27 years from 1991 to 2017. Researchers focused on couples living in rural areas and concentrated on stress as a factor in pain. According to the...

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The Journal of Pain Research published an article entitled, Bibliometric Analysis of Research Articles on Pain in the Elderly Published from 2000 to 2019. In it, over 2100 articles were included, the largest number of them from the United States. "This work provides researchers with an in-depth...

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What do nurses know, and what are their attitudes about pain management? Researchers assessed just that in a study published in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 154 nurses working at the National Geriatric Hospital in Vietnam completed the Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain...

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A new study reported in JAMA states that the combination of older age, dementia, and polypharmacy is equaling a potential rise in overdose risk and is not helping mental status. Study researchers examined the records of over 1.1 million dementia patients, median age 83, and determined that almost 14...

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VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses the importance of neuroscience education and physical therapy for older Veterans. VA Geriatric Scholar Ralph Magnuson commented that through a group physical therapy program, “We saw a significant change as a...

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Poor sleep can lead to depression, diabetes, dementia, hypertension, and increased pain levels. All of which can lead to poorer sleep in a highly negative spiral. Poor sleep is frequently seen in older people, although “If you are a healthy older person, your sleep should remain stable after 50-60,”...

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In a European Journal of Internal Medicine article, a first-of-its-kind study examined the effects of cannabis use on patients ≥60 years of age. Researcher Dr. Ran Abuhasira commented, "Older adults are the fastest growing group of medical cannabis users, yet evidence on cardiovascular safety for...

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In an article in the journal Scientific Reports, the link between chronic musculoskeletal pain and insomnia is examined. Does chronic musculoskeletal pain predict insomnia? If it does, can it predict the severity of the insomnia? What about other modifiers? The study looked at participant gender and...

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Pain is affected by fear and anxiety about pain. How does that relationship change over the span of a life? The abstract of an article in the Pain Medicine journal states that "Nociception and pain history differ depending on age, yet little empirical evidence exists on how fear of pain varies over...

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