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Pain Severity Increases Risk of Memory Impairment
New results from the National Institute on Aging funded Central Control of Mobility in Aging Study found that pain in older adults is not associated with the incidence of cognitive impairment. However, this 3-year longitudinal study with 441 eligible participants did find that older adults with high levels pain are at increased risk for developing a memory impairment. Pain had no effect on attention of executive function in older adults. [More detail]
Innovative Pain Assessment Methods: The Future?
A new iPhone application for pain assessment in older adults with cognitive impairment recently underwent a qualitative feasibility assessment with UK paramedics. Authors conclude by discussing the need for innovative pain assessment methods for the pre-hospital setting and the importance of continued work in this area. [More detail]