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Airing Pain 89: Dementia

The chal­lenges of pain man­age­ment in peo­ple with demen­tia, dif­fer­ent med­ica­tions and why an iPod could be lat­est tool in our first aid kit

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by grant from W G Edwards and the Cruden Char­i­ta­ble Foundation.

Accord­ing to a sur­vey car­ried out by the Alzheimers Soci­ety, Demen­tia is the most feared health con­di­tion in the UK. Last year alone, 225,000 peo­ple devel­oped dementia.

In this episode of Air­ing Pain, Paul talks to Pro­fes­sor Peter Pass­more about the chal­lenges of treat­ing chron­ic con­di­tions in peo­ple who devel­op demen­tia, includ­ing dif­fer­ent med­ica­tions and why we instinc­tive­ly link age with pain.

In 2012 Lloyd Hugh­es authored a report, Man­ag­ing Chron­ic Pain in Patients with Demen­tia. Now a GP trainee, Lloyd dis­cuss­es how he incor­po­rates his find­ings into every day patient care and what we can all do as indi­vid­u­als to pre­pare for a future that may well include dementia.

Andy Lown­des, Deputy Chair of Glas­gow based char­i­ty Playlist for Life, describes the pow­er of music in help­ing those liv­ing with demen­tia — whether as a patient, car­er or loved one — con­nect with each oth­er and recon­nect with themselves.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Alzheimer’s dis­ease, car­ers, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, demen­tia, elder­ly peo­ple, lis­ten­ing to music, neu­ro­path­ic pain, opi­oids, Playlist for Life, pre­ga­balin and relaxation.


Con­trib­u­tors:

  • Pro­fes­sor Peter Pass­more, Pro­fes­sor of age­ing and geri­atric med­i­cine at Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty Belfast
  • Dr Lloyd Hugh­es, GP trainee spe­cial­is­ing in geri­atric and stroke med­i­cine at the Roy­al Infir­mary Edinburgh
  • Andy Lown­des, Deputy Chair of Playlist for Life.

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