This site is dedicated to providing quality resources and tools for quality pain care for older adults. Here, clinicians, patients, and family caregivers have access to free evidence-based pain assessment tools, pain management strategies, and resources to help identify and manage pain in older adults, including quality improvement processes focused on pain management.
*New Video Resources*
Experiences of Caregivers Caring for People with Pain
Hear diverse experiences of family caregivers who provide care for persons with pain, including addressing various types of pain, cultural and racial/ethnic differences and experiences with ageism and racism, and the impact of caring on mental health and relationship quality.
Pain Management for Caregivers: What is Pain?
Learn what pain is and how it differs and affects individuals, including different sources and types of pain, highlighting that pain is an alarm with implications for mental health, quality of life, function, and relationship quality. It addresses the importance of understanding the source and meaning of pain, as well as recognizing the goals of the person in pain in developing a pain management plan.
Pain Management for Caregivers: How to Assess Pain
Learn how family caregivers can recognize and assess pain, document pain and responses to treatment, and communicate with health care providers about the pain of those they are caring for. Practical tools and tips to collect information that is important for treatment decisions are included, including the impact of pain on function and quality of life, as well as the effectiveness of treatment.
Lower-Risk Treatments for Managing Pain
There is a range of lower-risk approaches for pain management, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies. Hear about options for family caregivers and persons in pain to consider, including non-opioid analgesics and sleep hygiene, physical activity, meditation/guided imagery, and heat and cold as alternatives.
Higher-Risk Treatments for Managing Pain
Hear about higher-risk treatments for people living with pain, such as opioids and NSAIDs. The goals of the person in pain and the benefits and risks of medication are important considerations. Explore side effects and safety issues and get guidance in decision making and securing medications safely.
Pain Management Self-Care, Resources, and Techniques
Explore the impact of caring for someone in pain on the family caregiver, including effects on mental health and the quality of the relationship. Hear strategies for managing stress and improving caregiver self-care, such as framing the experience in a positive way, dealing with frustration and anger, and taking time for self.
The videos are housed on the AARP website and were developed in partnership with Home Alone Alliance and Betty Moore Family Caregiving Institute.