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What You Should Know about Chronic Pain during Pain Awareness Month

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September is Pain Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about chronic pain and how it can impact your parent’s life. This can help you to make meaningful changes Senior-Care-in-Havana-FLto your care efforts to help them to manage their pain and live a lifestyle that is healthier, happier, safer, and more comfortable as they age in place. By understanding the issues of chronic pain, you are better able to embrace what your elderly parent might be going through so that you can ensure that you are the highest quality caregiver you can be for your elderly loved one.

 

Some of the things that you should know about chronic pain include:

  • Research has indicated that approximately 1.5 billion people throughout the world suffer from chronic pain of some kind
  • Pain impacts the lives of more people throughout the United States than cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke combined
  • According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, there are more than 100 million people throughout the United States who are currently suffering from chronic pain
  • That accounts for more than three times as many Americans as have diabetes
  • More than five times as many Americans are suffering from chronic pain as are dealing with coronary heart disease
  • Nearly thirteen times as many people throughout the United States will suffer from chronic pain in a year than will experience a stroke
  • More than eight times as many Americans will suffer chronic pain each year than will receive a diagnosis of cancer
  • Acute pain occurs when there is an illness or injury that requires attention and the body triggers the nervous system response in order to alert you to this problem so that you can address it properly
  • While acute pain occurs and then dissipates, chronic pain lingers for a longer period. This pain can continue for weeks, months, and sometimes years at a time
  • Though chronic pain can be a long-lasting effect of an initial injury or illness, it can also occur when there is seemingly no cause for it and no explanation
  • Chronic pain can impact any and all areas of the body, manifesting as headaches, backaches, arthritis, bone pain, and other types of pain.

 

If your elderly loved one has been coping with chronic pain, one of the best things you can do to help them to deal with this pain is to start senior care for them. Having a senior home care services provider in the home with them can help your parent to address the various issues related to pain, including the physical and psychological causes and impacts on their life. When they are able to cope with the pain that they have been suffering, they are better able to enjoy an active, engaged, and meaningful lifestyle that will support improve mental, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing. This means that they are able to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.