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November 19, 2018

Breaking Pain Research from the 2018 Gerontological Society of America Conference

After analyzing the National Health and Aging Trends Study dataset researchers at the annual GSA conference argued for expanded access to hospice/palliative care programs after finding that an unmet need for pain management led to double the emergency department visits for persons with dementia in the last month of life.  [Learn More]

November 13, 2018

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]