As baby boomers continue to age in Atlanta, GA and as life expectancy continues to be extended, our understanding in regards to chronic pain management has changed as well. Presently, over fifty percent of those over age 65 complain of constant pain – and for ¾ of those dealing with chronic pain, the pain displays in several locations, negatively impacting their physical function and quality of life.
To handle this pain, many times physicians rely on prescribed opiates that could result in contraindications with other medications and substances such as alcohol, as well as serious addiction concerns; and to top it all off, opiates are not shown to be effective long-term for chronic pain – and in fact may actually worsen such ailments.
It’s important to look at the full spectrum of senior needs when trying to manage chronic pain: physical, psychological, and social.
Physical: Communication between all medical professionals is key, making certain that all prescribed medications are safe when taken together, and that treatment is customized to address the precise needs of seniors, considering slowed metabolism, increased likelihood to utilize or abuse alcohol, physical inactivity, and more. Many older adults also feel that it’s helpful to engage in activities that shift the main focus away physical pain, such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
Psychological: The prevalence of depression, dementia and anxiety is increased in the elderly. Exploring non-medicated care options including exercise, cognitive, behavioral, problem-solving, and interpersonal therapy is a great idea.
Social: Isolation is an issue for some older adults due to loss of close family members, inability to operate a vehicle, illness, frailty, retirement, and more. Treating the need for increased socialization is a critical part of an older adult’s all-around wellbeing and health.
Fortunately, specialized in-home caregivers, such as those at Regency Home Care, can assist seniors physically, emotionally, and socially through a complete array of customized care services, including:
Picking up prescriptions
Planning and preparing healthy meals
Providing transportation and accompaniment to doctor appointments as well as fun outings, exercise classes, and more
Serving as a friendly companion to take part in favorite interests to help alleviate loneliness and isolation
And more, according to each senior’s unique needs
Call Regency Home Care any time at (678) 999-2446 or contact us online to request resources pertaining to your senior loved one’s individual challenges, for more information regarding our Atanta home care solutions, or to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation.