Chronic Pain Management in People With Dementia Complicated
Posted Dec 27 2012 12:00am
The combination of chronic pain and dementia is difficult to manage.
While advancing dementia can render an elder heartbreakingly vulnerable,
chronic pain that can’t be expressed in words by the person with
dementia multiplies the difficulty of compassionate care.
Since dementia can leave people unable to verbally express
the fact that they are in pain, they may scream, kick or hit. They may
act out aggressively because they don’t understand why they are in pain.
They just want it gone. If caregivers misinterpret the reason for this
“acting out,” there is a chance that the elder will not receive proper
pain management for his or her chronic or acute pain.