Photo of elderly woman examining medicine bottle

Pain is the greatest threat to a person’s comfort and quality of life. Pain in the older adult robs them of their vitality and independence while impairing physical, mental, and social functions.

Pain in the older adult can be unrecognized and left untreated. Effective pain management involves a collaborative team approach exploring factors that contribute to the person’s pain and working with the individual to understand their pain and meet their treatment goals.