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Airing Pain 18: Growing Older with Pain

How to improve pain man­age­ment for old­er peo­ple, and liv­ing with low­er back pain

Pain has often been seen as an inevitable part of get­ting old­er. Air­ing Pain lis­tened in to a pan­el of experts at a ‘Grow­ing Old with Pain: Inno­va­tion, Cre­ativ­i­ty and Devel­op­ment’ con­fer­ence in Edin­burgh to hear how pain treat­ments can dra­mat­i­cal­ly improve the qual­i­ty of life of old­er patients. The impor­tance of fam­i­ly and car­ers tak­ing an active role in the man­age­ment of elder­ly patient’s pain is high­light­ed, along with the impor­tance of rais­ing aware­ness of the best treat­ments for pain in old­er peo­ple among health pro­fes­sion­als. We also hear the inspi­ra­tional sto­ry of Michael and Rose­mary Mor­ri­son who togeth­er have rebuilt their lives around their chron­ic back pain and the ben­e­fits of using com­put­ers and com­put­er games to access infor­ma­tion and exercise.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Elder­ly peo­ple, low­er back pain, fam­i­ly, car­ers, com­put­er games, Nin­ten­do Wii, arthri­tis, depres­sion, iso­la­tion, osteoarthri­tis, osteo­poro­sis, care home, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, mis­di­ag­no­sis, exer­cise and fibromyalgia.


Con­trib­u­tors:

  • Michael and Rose­mary Mor­ri­son, Pain Asso­ci­a­tion Scotland
  • Ron Marsh, Patient
  • Dorothy-Grace Elder, ex-MSP, campaigner
  • Dr Bev­er­ly Collett
  • Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Mar­tin, Direc­tor of Cen­tre for Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Sci­ences, Teesside University
  • Pro­fes­sor Peter Pass­more, Queens Uni­ver­si­ty Belfast
  • Dr Pat Schofield, Direc­tor of Study for Advanced Nurs­ing, Cen­tre of Aca­d­e­m­ic Pri­ma­ry Care
  • Dr Kevin Voles, Con­sul­tant Clin­i­cal Psychologist.

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